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Welcome to the Society on Social Implications of Technology

The Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) focuses on environmental, economics, health, and safety implications of technology; engineering ethics and professional responsibility; engineering education in social implications of technology; history of electrotechnology; technical expertise and public policy; peace technology; as well as on social issues related to energy, information technology and telecommunications.

SSIT publishes a quarterly journal, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and sponsors periodic conferences entitled: The International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS). Chapter activity, as well as professional activity on SSIT topics, is encouraged. Membership in SSIT is open to all IEEE members and student members. Affiliate membership in SSIT is available to those who are not members of IEEE.



For information about ISTAS 2014 please go to:


Please note that the IEEE Ethics 2014 Conference 

is also ISTAS 2014.

IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century:




IEEE Technology and Society Magazine has "Gone Green"

Click HERE for more information.


SSIT and T&S Media Mentions


Samples of recent citations of SSIT and T&S Magazine:


"If you track me, will we still trust each other" - in The Institute, Nov 5 2012


How depressed people use the internet


"Correlation does not imply causation": How the internet fell in love with a stats class cliche


IEEE-SSIT -- Fourteen Chapters Worldwide

The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology currently has 14 SSIT Chapters internationally, in seven countries! See our Chapters page for more information. In addition, some IEEE-SSIT Chapters maintain their own SSIT Chapter websites. Check them out:






Call for Nominations

IEEE-SSIT Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award

Deadline for nominations: December 31, 2012.

Submit Nominations to Kenneth R. Foster, SSIT Awards Chair, kfoster@seas.upenn.edu

The award will be given to an SSIT member who has served the Society with distinction as a board member, contributor to publications, conference organizer, or any combination of these or other activities.

Criteria for judging are length, breadth, and impact of service to SSIT.

The award consists of a plaque to be presented at a meeting of the Society.

Previous Recipients of the Award
2007 Joseph R. Herkert
2008 Norman Balabanian
2009 Clinton J. Andrews
2011 Robert J. Whelchel


IEEE-SSIT Online Discussion Community

The SSIT discussion Forum is revamped. Click on the Forum link below to join in!

We are also on LinkedIn! Join us for SSIT LinkedIn discussions HERE.

If you prefer Facebook join in discussions HERE.

Sharing Remembrances of Former SSIT President Brian M. O'Connell

You are invited to share remembrances of Brian here.  

Central Connecticut State University has established the Brian M. O'Connell Fund. The Fund will support an annual lecture series. For more information, or to contribute online to the fund, click here.

2006 IEEE Fellow Michael Loui on "What is SSIT?" [Quicktime required].

2006 IEEEFellow Luis Kun on "What do you think of SSIT?" [Quicktime required].

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