Proceedings PaperSocietal Vulnerability To Communications And Computer Failures
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The world is becoming increasingly dependent on computers and communications. As these systems become more pervasive, there is a growing concern about the possibility of computer and communications network failure leading to damages for a significant segment of the population and, potentially, to the weakening of social stability. There is disagreement and concern over whether today's increasingly interconnected computer systems are more vulnerable than resilient. This paper reviews the recent international discussions on this issue, identifies known problem areas, and discusses possible ameliorating measures. Finally, it raises a number of related questions which need to be examined.