PhD candidate Ning Wang presented a paper at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), on 12-15 November 2020. The presentation was the outcome of a three-week field study in Malawi, where local populations living in remote islands experienced challenges in accessing medicines and medical supplies, and where drones were used to assist last mile deliveries.
The paper focuses on the ethical considerations associated with the use of technology for development and health purposes, and raises awareness for the need of critical analysis in the deployment of technology in the aid sector. The publication will be available to the wider public via IEEE Xplore in December 2020.
The prestigious IEEE is the world’s largest technical and professional organization for the advancement of technology, and ISTAS is its flagship conference for subjects related to technology and society. It provides an interdisciplinary forum for engineers and policy makers, entrepreneurs and educators, philosophers and researchers, social scientists and technologists, practitioners and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social, cultural, ethical and economic implications of technology.