SSIT Celebrates Five Decades: Studying, Critiquing, and Celebrating the Impacts of Technology on Society


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.

Nevada Test Site, Wikimedia/Ken Lund; The Cuyahoga River, Wikimedia/Ken Lund; Social problems caused by bad design choices within social media, Wikimedia/ Juliana Castro for an article by Juan Ortiz Freuler; John Lewis, Wikimedia/U.S. House of Representatives.


Read: “50 Years Hence” by SSIT President Clinton Andrews, from IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, June 2022.


SSIT 50th Anniversary Events and Activities


ISTAS 2022, November 10-12, 2022

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

Invited Panelists:

  • 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)

SSIT President Clinton J. Andrews – Meet the Leader – SSIT SAC Webinar


Past SSIT 50th Anniversary Events:

June 21-23, 2022, Denver, CO, U.S.A. : SSIT 50th Anniversary Booth at IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS)






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.

Click HERE to read the IEEE History Center timeline of SSIT events and early documents, as well as a excerpts from an article about the history of SSIT.

Read: “Notes for a History of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology,” by Karl D. Stephan (full article)

Read: CSIT – A Eulogy, by Jeff Bogumil

Read: Social Implications of Technology: The Past, the Present, and the Future,” by Karl D. Stephan, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Laura Jacob, and Emily P. Anesta

Click here to view timeline of past ISTAS conferences.

Click here to view short SSIT video that includes information about history of SSIT



Chapter Chair Statements (to come)


Get Involved!

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Attend the 2022 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS22)

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