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.
2013 International Symposium on Technology and Society
The Social Implications of Wearable Computing and Augmented Reality in Everyday Life
June 27-29, 2013
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Enter the SSIT Logo Contest!
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Also visit the SSIT Facebook Page for more information.
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine has "Gone Green"
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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
Invitation to participate in a survey about ethics. No ethics expertise necessary to take the survey.
I am part of a research team looking at ethics education, pedagogy, and professional preparation for IT. In this part of our study, we are examining professional society members' experiences and perceptions of ethics and how prepared you feel new graduates in CS/ICT are. The full informed consent document precedes the survey. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this study, and look forward to sharing our results with you.
To participate, please use this link: https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b9gedoIdBv0PWIJ
Keith Miller, Ph.D.
Computer Science, University of Illinois-Springfield
Member, IEEE SSIT Board of Governors
Nominations Sought for the Inaugural IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices
IEEE seeks nominations for an important new award. The IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices recognizes an IEEE member or an organization employing IEEE members for: (a) exemplary ethical behavior/practices and/or (b) persuasive advocacy or promotion of ethical behavior/practices. This award is sponsored by the IEEE Ethics & Member Conduct Committee. If you know of a deserving candidate, please make a nomination at http://www.ieee.org/about/ethics/ethics_award.html by July 1, 2012.
TED Lecture - IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Editor Katina Michael presents on moral and ethical dilemmas of emerging technologies: Microchipping People
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:
Three IEEE-SSIT Members Elevated to Fellow Status in IEEE for 2012
Three IEEE-SSIT members have been elevated to Fellow status in the IEEE for 2012. Listed here with their Fellow citations, they are:
“For leadership in wireless and broadband technology for public safety communications.”
“For contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization.”
“For leadership in photonic signal and image processing for national security.”
SSIT congratulates these new IEEE Fellows.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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].
More information on joining SSIT.
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