A theory of exposure: Measuring technology system end user vulnerabilities

Lindsay Robertson, Albert Munoz Aneiros, Katina Michael

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Abstract

People are reliant on technology systems for their survival and everyday convenience. From access to clean drinking water, to electricity for cooking, to fuel for driving vehicles to and from work. When a technology system that people rely on is inoperable or inaccessible, end-user vulnerabilities can increase acutely and substantially. While end-users are quite resourceful, a few days without water or electricity or fuel, can quickly turn into a humanitarian or security crisis, especially in densely populated areas. This paper's contribution is a measure to study technology systems and the extent of their contribution to end-user vulnerability. A theory of exposure is presented with a corresponding measure of how to determine exposure of any given technology system, agnostic of geography location or socio-economic circumstances. It is argued, that if the exposure of any given technology system can be reduced, that end-user vulnerabilities are also reduced, providing some control over extreme or unintended events. Researchers and practitioners can use these outcomes on existing technology systems toward optimization, or on new technology systems being introduced into a cyberphysical environment. The accuracy, precision and scaling of the proposed exposure measure are also examined in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2017
EditorsPaul Cunningham, Miriam Cunningham
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538604878
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Aug 10 2017Aug 11 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings
Volume2017-August

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2017
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period8/10/178/11/17

Keywords

  • end-user vulnerability
  • exposure
  • measure
  • metric
  • technology systems
  • theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Robertson, L., Aneiros, A. M., & Michael, K. (2018). A theory of exposure: Measuring technology system end user vulnerabilities. In P. Cunningham, & M. Cunningham (Eds.), 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2017 (pp. 1-10). (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings; Vol. 2017-August). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2017.8319089