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*# Call for Papers #**
**# Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society #**
**# After Covid-19: Crises, Ethics, and Socio-Technical Change #*

**# Confirmed Guest Editors #*
*Rafael A. Calvo, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College 
Sebastian Deterding, Digital Creativity Labs, University of York
Catherine Flick, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De 
Montfort University
Christoph Luetge, Institute for Ethics in AI, Technical University of 
Munich (TUM)
Alison Powell, Department of Media and Communications, London School of 
Economics and Political Science
Jack Stilgoe, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University 
College London
Karina Vold, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and 
Technology, University of Toronto & University of Cambridge

*# Description #*
As the COVID-19 pandemic shows, crises can catalyse socio-technical 
changes at a speed and scale otherwise thought impossible. Crises expose 
the fragility and resilience of our sociotechnical systems – from 
healthcare to financial markets, internet connectivity, and local 
communities. Their urgent peril can rush through radical measures, such 
as states globally rolling out digital contact tracing applications. 
Crises can accelerate technological trends like the virtualisation of 
work, commerce, education, and communing, and dramatically reshape 
markets, threatening economic incumbents and creating new opportunities 
for innovation and profiteering alike. Thus, we currently see physical 
retailers and entertainment venues defaulting, while online retail and 
streaming companies thrive and stores, artists, and manufacturers 
desperately trial new digitally enabled services and new forms of 
financing, production, and delivery. Technology companies and scientists 
are rapidly developing new technologies to respond to the pandemic, from 
3D-printing medical devices to data and AI-driven symptom tracking and 
immunity certification, while struggling to counter tides of unvetted, 
potentially harmful medical advice, opinion, and cures.

In parallel, ongoing crises like COVID-19 often dramatically reshape 
political and public demands on science. Standard forms of scientific 
inquiry, responsible innovation, and technology ethics emphasise 
slowness, deliberation, critique, long-term anticipation and 
preparedness, and systematic accumulation and vetting of evidence. In 
contrast, in periods of crisis, policy-makers and media publics require 
concrete, real-time decision guidance and interventions from researchers 
that are at odds with the standard practices of science as well as 
research and technology ethics. This has led some researchers to suggest 
their own discipline may not be ‘crisis-ready’.

Finally, many of the dramatic and sudden adaptations to a crisis are 
bound to stay with us. “After 9/11” has become a marker for a new epoch 
of pervasive socio-technical regimes of surveillance that were 
considered exceptional and temporary when introduced. Similarly, many of 
today’s ad-hoc responses will become historical path dependencies for a 
new era “after COVID-19”.

Catalysing rapid change; reshaping demands on science, technology, and 
their regulation; locking in future socio-technical regimes: All these 
factors make it crucial for researchers and technologists to consider 
the societal impacts of new technologies and socio-technical changes 
that respond to COVID-19. But they also invite us to better understand 
how crises impact socio-technical change, and how we can develop forms 
of science and technology ethics and regulation that fit the needs and 
demands of crises.

To this end, this special issue aims to bring together researchers from 
different disciplines exploring the intersections of technology, ethics, 
and COVID-19 as an exemplary crisis.

*# Topics# *
Submissions are especially invited on but not limited to the following 
topics intersecting with COVID-19 and crises:
- Responsible innovation and science and technology ethics
- Science and technology policy, regulation, and governance
- Public understanding of and engagement with science and technology
- Innovation processes
- Health surveillance, privacy, and data protection
- Algorithmic and technological biases and inequalities
- Impacts of technologies during social isolation
- Impacts of technologies on healthcare and key support workers
- 3D printing and medical devices
- Future Mobility
- Data/AI-driven health and social control technologies
- Virtual/remote work, education, and leisure

Submissions that will be considered out of scope include:
- Work that does not touch ethical or societal impacts of science and 
- Clinical research where a medical journal would be more appropriate

*# How to Submit #*
For article formats, templates, and submission information, see
Submit your papers through

*# Important dates #*
Submissions open: 1 June 2020
Submissions close: 1 March 2021
Inclusion in special issue closes: 1 June 2021
Publication of final issue: Sept 2021

*# Review and publication process #*
Papers will be reviewed and published online first upon acceptance on a 
rolling basis.
Submitted papers will be reviewed by two guest editors for desk 
rejection or acceptance to full review within one week of submission.
Papers accepted for full review will be reviewed by two anonymous 
reviewers and a meta-reviewer, with a target turnaround of three weeks 
for a review decision.
To be considered for the special issue, revisisions of papers that are 
revise-and-resubmit or accepted with minor/major changes need to be 
submitted on or before 1 June 2021. Should they require a further cycle 
of revision or be submitted after 1 June 2021, they will be included in 
a future regular issue of the Transactions.




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