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Computer-Related Risks by Peter G. Neumann - SRI International

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Chapter 9. Implications and Conclusions

Data without generalizationis just gossip.

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THUS FAR, WE HAVE RECOUNTED a large number of strange cases relating to computer-communication systems, including many that involve people who have either misused those systems or been victimized by them. Interspersed throughout are various analyses of the underlying causes and the nature of the effects, along with some philosophical and technological views on what might be done to lessen the risks. In this chapter, we draw some general conclusions about the underlying problems, and assess our chances for the future.

9.1 Where to Place the Blame

To err is human.To blame it on a computer is even more. ...

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