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The information infrastructure (i.e. the ubiquitous infrastructure for electronic data exchange) is progressively occupying a crucial role in society. It interrelates business, government, citizens and other infrastructures among themselves, constituting an unavoidable underlying connectivity element. This requires an exacting reliance to be placed on the services provided by and over the information infrastructure. But this reliance is currently based on little knowledge about the risks and liabilities entailed.

The information infrastructure crosses national borders and traditional jurisdictions. Nobody is in charge of it as a whole, technically or administratively. Therefore, clear concern arises when information assets are the objects of transactions through the information infrastructure-assets that can be violated in their confidentiality integrity, availability or privacy, and so provoking security or safety relevant consequences. This situation needs elucidation at two levels at least: the thrust among the interacting actors, and the vulnerabilities emerging from the development of the information infrastructure as a complex, large, unbounded system of systems. .

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Authors: MASERA M, JRC, ISIS, Ispra (IT);WILIKENS M, JRC, ISIS, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Innovations for an e-society. Challenges for Technology Assessment. Held in: Berlin (DE), 17-19 October 2001
Record Number: 200113934 / Last updated on: 2001-10-24
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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