SSIT Australia Chapter

The IEEE SSIT Australia Chapter explores the ethics and social implications of technology, ensuring that IEEE fulfils its mission of advancing technology for humanity

We pursue a wide range of activities in the Australia region, including technical meetings, international conferences, and development of public policy through workshops and submission papers. 

Established in 2005, we welcome members from a wide range of industries and academic backgrounds to join our ongoing dialog on the social implications of technology. 

To subscribe to updates on SSIT Australia’s activities, events, and calls for papers, please join our mailing list here.

2021 Executive Committee

Chair: Professor Kieran Tranter PhD, Chair of Law, Technology and Future, Queensland University of Technology

Vice Chair: Michael Guihot PhD, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

Secretary & Treasurer: René Cornish, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology

Communications Officer: James Gauci MBA, Digital Director, Publicis Red Lion Pty Ltd

NSW Coordinator: Dr Kayleen Manwaring PhD LLM BA LLB, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW

Victoria Coordinator: Professor Martin Gibbs, Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne

Queensland Coordinator: Samuli Haataja PhD, Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School, Griffith University

ACT Coordinator: Will Bateman PhD, Associate Profession, Australian National University

NT Coordinator: Mark Ames, Cybersecurity Consultant, Northern Territory Government

International Coordinator: Dr Greg Adamson, Associate Professor (hon), School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne

Past Chair: Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology Law and Innovation, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney

Chapter History

The SSIT Australia Chapter is a joint chapter with the IEEE Region 10 Sections of Victoria (VIC), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), and Western Australia (WA). It was established in Victoria in 2005, and expanded to cover other states in 2006.

Its first public event was Professor Don Schauder from Monash University speaking on “Good versus Evil: The Internet and Society”. Since then it has held a wide range of activities including technical meetings, international conferences (Technology & Society in Asia, Singapore 2012; Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, Boston 2014), and development of public policy through workshops on technology and public policy (2013), and remotely piloted aerial vehicles (2014). Throughout this time it has had an active committee, alongside a broad range of volunteers.