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Notes of May 1996
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This document is a companion to another one that examines impacts of information technology on people.
Many applications of IT embody significant vulnerabilities for the organisations that operate the system, but also for their clients, and for third parties. Companies and government agencies have only themselves to blame if they fail to assess and manage the risk of harm to themselves and their employees. The focus in this document is on impacts on people generally.
There's a wide range of factors that result in risks to public safety. The following diagram lists them and shows their interactions.
The kinds of people who can be affected by systems include:
Several different kinds of systems can impact public safety:
Here are some additional sources of information about IT impacts on public safety.
Risks Forum Digest. Pick an issue and browse; then pick a theme such as aircraft accidents or Unix system security, and follow threads
Peter Ladkin's list of aircraft accidents in which software error was implicated
The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team
The U.S. Computer Incident Advisory Capability
The home-page of Nancy Leveson, a leading researcher and author in the area
The Code of Conduct of the Australian Computer Society, and the more detailed Code of Professional Conduct and Professional Practice
A set of 'robot rules', i.e. laws which could be used to guide the design of systems which incorporate robotics
The only page that came up when I used Alta Vista to search for 'robotics' and 'safety'!!
The content and infrastructure for these community service pages are provided by Roger Clarke through his consultancy company, Xamax.
From the site's beginnings in August 1994 until February 2009, the infrastructure was provided by the Australian National University. During that time, the site accumulated close to 30 million hits. It passed 50 million in early 2015.
Sponsored by Bunhybee Grasslands, the extended Clarke Family, Knights of the Spatchcock and their drummer
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Created: 18 May 1996 - Last Amended: 18 May 1996 by Roger Clarke - Site Last Verified: 15 February 2009
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