An electronic membership option for the 2011 membership year will be offered to those living in the 124 countries where the per capita gross domestic product is US $15 000 or less, as determined by the United Nations.
The basic dues for an electronic membership will be $50 and will include subscriptions to online versions of IEEE Spectrum and The Institute. The applicable regional assessment would be added to this base price. Student and graduate student dues are not affected by the program.
Those who select the electronic option will have all the advantages of standard membership, including the ability to vote in IEEE elections, join societies, engage in local activities, be considered for membership grade elevation, and access member discounts.
For members who do not live in the affected countries but need help paying their dues because they lost their jobs, retired, became disabled, or have low incomes, IEEE will continue to offer its Special Circumstances program.
IEEE president Pedro Ray explains more about the electronic membership option on p. 11.