The role of the steering committee is to provide support, guidance and oversight on the progress of the proposed Transactions. Members of the steering committee will not have day-to-day involvement in running tasks of the proposed Transactions. However, they will be critical in providing strategic direction for the publication. The steering committee will oversee the progress in the reaching of the main vision and mission of the proposed Transactions. The steering committee will also facilitate global collaboration among participants, including the editorial board at large, the publications board, as well as other members and non-members of IEEE SSIT.
The steering committee will have formal semiannual teleconference meetings and will also engage in ad hoc brainstorming sessions using collaborative tools. Members of the steering committee will attract paper submissions through their own respective channels and networks, but more importantly, they will steer the proposed Transactions toward critical areas of concern that require addressing in the domain of technology and society of the day.
The composition of the steering committee consists of individuals who have been longtime members of IEEE SSIT, including Michael Loui, Jeff Robbin, Ronald Kline, and Stephen Unger. Members from other IEEE organizational units include Subrata Saha (EMBS), Takoi Hamrita (WIE), and John C. Havens (Standards). In addition, influential academics (e.g., Nature writer Andrew Maynard), practitioners (e.g., SIMBUS360’s Rebecca Herold), institute leads (e.g., Susan Halford, director of the Web Science Institute), center leads (e.g., Daniel Sarewitz of the Centre for Science Policy Outcomes), and former government representatives (e.g., Ann Cavoukian, the Privacy and Information Commissioner for Ontario). Additionally, there are two well-known journalists on the steering committee who report on new media and emerging technologies in the press; they are Ramona Pringle (CNBC/ Ryerson University) and Peter Asaro (New School University). With such a dynamic background, the steering committee is in an excellent position to maintain the currency of the proposed Transactions, to prioritize themes in which the editorial board can call for papers, and to ensure relevant coverage of current research in the field where technology and society meet.