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Societal Vulnerability To Communications And Computer Failures
Author(s): Lance J. Hoffman
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0474, Electro-Culture 1984, (28 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.942472
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Lance J. Hoffman, The George Washington University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0474:
Electro-Culture 1984
Jeff Bogumil, Editor(s)

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