IEEE SSIT Standards Committee

SSIT is developing standards to help guide stakeholders through the complex interactions of technology development and deployment with society, in order to ensure that we all benefit from technology.

SSIT focuses on five major areas:

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

The technologies we are developing today – particularly in AI, robotics, and genetic engineering – promise breathtaking advances in human capability and productivity, as well as the risk of out-of-control, accelerated harms, unintended consequences, and the possibility for mischief and bad actors.  These new technologies will raise some entirely new questions that will require entirely new ways of thinking. New standards will need to account for all of these possibilities, whether in the form of norms, engineering standards, industry rules, regulations, or legislation.

IEEE SSIT Standards Committee is dedicated to exploring how appropriate standards develop, where they are needed and how best to enforce them. We are a multi-stakeholder group that brings together engineers of all types, academics, lawyers, and advisors. We are identifying areas where standards will advance the responsible adoption of technologies that are already or are likely to impact society in direct and predictable ways.

Standards are about helping others to develop and deploy technologies in a way that benefits humanity and minimizes the risks. Currently, we have projects on News Trustworthiness, Privacy. Get involved in our activities. Propose a topic that needs a standard. Help us to ensure that technologies are created and advanced for the benefit of humanity.

Please contact:

Ruth Lewis, Chair of IEEE SSIT/SC,

Christy Bahn, IEEE SA Program Manager,

Standards Committee Officers

Ruth Lewis,

Karen Bennet,

Peter Reid,

IEEE SA Program Manager
Christy A. Bahn,