Assessing technology system contributions to urban dweller vulnerabilities

Lindsay J. Robertson, Katina Michael, Albert Munoz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Urban dwellers are increasingly vulnerable to failures of technological systems that supply them with goods and services. Extant techniques for the analysis of those technological systems, although valuable, do not adequately quantify particular vulnerabilities. This study explores the significance of weaknesses within technological systems and proposes a metric of “exposure”, which is shown to represent the vulnerability contributed by the technological system to the end-user. The measure thus contributes to the theory and practice of vulnerability reduction. The results suggest specific and general conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

vulnerability
Technology system
Vulnerability
Technological systems

Keywords

  • Exposure
  • Risk
  • Technological vulnerability
  • Urban individual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Assessing technology system contributions to urban dweller vulnerabilities. / Robertson, Lindsay J.; Michael, Katina; Munoz, Albert.

In: Technology in Society, Vol. 50, 08.2017, p. 83-92.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{68c3ad2ecc3449cebcbcb5aa2e0cd796,
title = "Assessing technology system contributions to urban dweller vulnerabilities",
abstract = "Urban dwellers are increasingly vulnerable to failures of technological systems that supply them with goods and services. Extant techniques for the analysis of those technological systems, although valuable, do not adequately quantify particular vulnerabilities. This study explores the significance of weaknesses within technological systems and proposes a metric of “exposure”, which is shown to represent the vulnerability contributed by the technological system to the end-user. The measure thus contributes to the theory and practice of vulnerability reduction. The results suggest specific and general conclusions.",
keywords = "Exposure, Risk, Technological vulnerability, Urban individual",
author = "Robertson, {Lindsay J.} and Katina Michael and Albert Munoz",
year = "2017",
month = "8",
doi = "10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.05.002",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "50",
pages = "83--92",
journal = "Technology in Society",
issn = "0160-791X",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Assessing technology system contributions to urban dweller vulnerabilities

AU - Robertson, Lindsay J.

AU - Michael, Katina

AU - Munoz, Albert

PY - 2017/8

Y1 - 2017/8

N2 - Urban dwellers are increasingly vulnerable to failures of technological systems that supply them with goods and services. Extant techniques for the analysis of those technological systems, although valuable, do not adequately quantify particular vulnerabilities. This study explores the significance of weaknesses within technological systems and proposes a metric of “exposure”, which is shown to represent the vulnerability contributed by the technological system to the end-user. The measure thus contributes to the theory and practice of vulnerability reduction. The results suggest specific and general conclusions.

AB - Urban dwellers are increasingly vulnerable to failures of technological systems that supply them with goods and services. Extant techniques for the analysis of those technological systems, although valuable, do not adequately quantify particular vulnerabilities. This study explores the significance of weaknesses within technological systems and proposes a metric of “exposure”, which is shown to represent the vulnerability contributed by the technological system to the end-user. The measure thus contributes to the theory and practice of vulnerability reduction. The results suggest specific and general conclusions.

KW - Exposure

KW - Risk

KW - Technological vulnerability

KW - Urban individual

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85020198586&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85020198586&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.05.002

DO - 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.05.002

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85020198586

VL - 50

SP - 83

EP - 92

JO - Technology in Society

JF - Technology in Society

SN - 0160-791X

ER -