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 activities, 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):IEEE Technology and Society
Transformational Achievers and Achievements (Session 5)
Voices of the End-Users (Session 6)
Plenary: 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: IEEE-SSIT President-Elect, Dr. Luis Kun
- Metin Akay, IEEE EMBS current President
- Rakesh Kumar, IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Past President (2012-1013)
- Dr. Cecilia Metra, 2022-2023 IEEE Division V Director, IEEE Computer Society Past President (2019),
- Saifur Rahman, 2022 IEEE President Elect and IEEE Power & Energy Society Past President (2018-2019)
Also at ISTAS 2022:
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of SSIT, SSIT President-Elect Luis Kun Congratulates the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) of Argentina, celebrating their 20th year. Click here: Luis Kun Congratulates CIS
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:
Timelines, 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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