SSIT Newsletter

The Society on Social Implications of Technology publishes a monthly newsletter.

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Please contact the SSIT Newsletter Editor, Heather Love (Heather.Love@uwaterloo.ca) if you have a news item, SSIT-related update, volunteer opportunity, Call for Papers, award notice, or “Feature Article” idea for a future issue.

Submissions are due by the 1st of the month.

From our most recent issue:

Chapter Activity Update: SSIT-Bahrain Chapter

Submitted by Adel Abdulla

Image of Dr. Adel Ahmed Hamed speaking to audience.On 16 January 2020, Dr. Adel Ahmed Hamed (Secretary, Bahrain Section) delivered a lecture on how we can “Study, Work, and Live in an Electronically Safe Environment” at the AMA International University, Bahrain.

His speech introduced the idea that the excessive use of technology puts human health and even life in danger. At the beginning of the electric age, it was believed that electricity’s only risk was an electric shock. Nobody paid attention to the effects of the surrounding electric and magnetic fields.

Image of Dr. Adel Ahmed Hamed with event attendees.

He discussed how electro-magnetic waves may be dangerous due to their penetration ability (which depends on frequency, modulation type, pulse/ impulse nature, etc.), and the fact that they induce currents which may interfere with those in the nervous system of the body. In addition, he covered different sources of radiation, forms of protection that people can use, and some of the research gaps and societal challenges that scientists and policymakers are currently addressing.

 

 

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