PhD candidate Ning Wang presented a paper at the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), on 15-16 November 2019, in Boston, USA. The presentation was the outcome of a three-week field study in rural Nepal, where local population’s livelihood was affected by the 2015 earthquake, and where drones were used in assisting disaster relief work.
The paper focuses on the ethical considerations associated with the use of technology for humanitarian purposes, and raises awareness for the need of critical analysis in the deployment of technology in the aid sector. The conference proceedings will be available to the wider public via IEEE Xplore in January 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.