SSIT’s 45th Anniversary

By on June 29th, 2017 in BoG, President's Message

During 2017, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), one of the fastest growing IEEE Societies, celebrates its 45th Anniversary.

As a Society whose focus complements the technical activities of all other IEEE Societies, we have active, committed teams of volunteers around the world contributing to conferences, publications, standards, and the Future Directions Initiative, as well as sustainable development activities in Africa.

SSIT activities going forward (including our Distinguished Lecturers Program) will now be focused around SSIT’s 5 Pillars:

  • Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Technology
  • Ethics, Human Values and Technology
  • Technology Benefits for All
  • Future Societal Impact of Technology Advances
  • Protecting the Planet – Sustainable Technology

SSIT is truly demonstrating leadership in supporting operationalization of the IEEE Tagline, “Advancing Technology for Humanity.” However, sustaining and expanding our programs requires access to more volunteers as well as more financial resources.

My colleagues and I on the SSIT Board of Governors (BoG) would like to request your assistance in this regard.

Call for Volunteers

If you are already an active volunteer, I would like to thank you for your service and commitment to making a difference in this blue and green world where we all live.

If you are not already an active SSIT volunteer or are looking for new challenges, I invite you to help SSIT continue to make a difference.

Local volunteer opportunities include:

  • Serve in your local SSIT Chapter committee.
  • Support local rollout of activities related to SSIT’s 5 Pillars.
  • Help establish a new SSIT Chapter in your area.
  • Volunteer to host SSIT Distinguished Lecturers.
  • Submit articles or review submissions to SSIT’ s award-winning IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.
  • Review submissions to the annual IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) – the SSIT Flag-ship event, or to IEEE Ethics, IST-Africa Week, or other SSIT supported conferences.
  • Support activities of the IEEE SSIT Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT) in IST-Africa Partner Countries.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Join the Sub-committees being established for SSIT’s 5 Pillars.
  • Deliver Distinguished Lectures related to SSIT’s 5 Pillars, locally through your Chapter or at international conferences.
  • Support activities of the IEEE SSIT SIGHT in IST-Africa Partner Countries.
  • Represent SSIT on IEEE committees including TAB Ad-Hocs, BoD Ad-Hocs, Standards, or Future Directions Initiative.
  • Serve on the SSIT Board of Governors.

If any of these opportunities are of potential interest or if you would like to recommend someone who could fulfill one of these volunteer roles, please contact me and I will direct you to the responsible team.

Call for Donations, Gifts, and Bequests

Options to financially support SSIT volunteer activities include:

  • Donate to SSIT online
  • Mail a check payable to the “IEEE Foundation – SSIT Fund” to: IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, U.S.A.
  • Ask your employer to match your personal donation.
  • Direct a gift to the “IEEE Foundation – SSIT Fund” from your donor advised fund or family foundation.
  • Make a donation in memory of someone who has touched your life and the life of others or remember SSIT in your will.
  • Gift a conference speaker fee or award honorarium.

Finally, please encourage respected peers (including students and young professionals) to also join SSIT. The 2017 SSIT Student membership fee is$4.


Paul M Cunningham, 2017–2018 IEEE-SSIT President, is President & CEO with IIMC (Ireland), Founder and Coordinator of IST-Africa (, and Visiting Senior Fellow, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, U.K. Email: