This year, 2022, marks 50 years of history within IEEE for the Society on Social Implications of Technology. We were established as a committee of the Technical Activities Board in 1972, and in 1982 became a society.
It is a moment to reflect on what has transpired in the realm of technology and society over this time, and on the accomplishments of SSIT and its members in helping to guide technological development in directions that benefit humanity. What have we achieved?
It is also a moment to look forward and imagine what the next 50 years will bring. What should SSIT be doing now to prepare for that future?
We welcome participation by everyone who has an interest or stake in issues related to technology and society – which is all of us. This page identifies relevant 50th anniversary ac
tivities, events, and resources.
Read: “Fifty Years of Good Trouble” by SSIT President Clinton Andrews from IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, March 2022.
Read: “50 Years Hence” by SSIT President Clinton Andrews, from IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, June 2022.
SSIT 50th Anniversary Events and Activities
SSIT 50th anniversary conference sessions (virtual):
- Transformational Achievers and Achievements
- Voices of the End-Users
Also planned for ISTAS 2022:
In the Integrated Digital Healthcare (IDH) Track, Led by SSIT President-Elect Dr Luis Kun
Session #3: In celebration of SSIT’s 50th anniversary, a Panel of IEEE Society Presidents will discuss how advancements in Science and Technology have affected IDH and Society over the past 50 years. Moderator: Dr. Luis Kun
- Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Past President, IEEE Solid State Circuits Society
- Dr. Metin Akay, 2021-2022 President, IEEE EMBS
- Susan Kathy Land, 2022 IEEE Past President, and former IEEE Computer Society President
Additional panelist to be announced
IEEE SSIT Student Activities Committee – SSIT 50th Anniversary Programming
Meet the Leader: IEEE SSIT President Clinton J. Andrews – SSIT SAC Webinar – June 30, 2022, 4:30 pm Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)
Past SSIT 50th Anniversary Events:
Origins and History of SSIT
Click here to view minutes of the IEEE TAB meeting held June 24, 1972, at which the IEEE Committee on Social Implications of Technology was established.
Chapter Chair Statements (to come)
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