9. Paths to Insecurity (2001-2010)
How can 20th century skyscrapers serve as metaphors
for risky technologies in the 21st century?
Why have historians of technology had difficulties
seeing the consequences and effects of technologies --
especially mature technological systems such as energy,
Trace the links between corn-based ethanol,
American-style automobiles, and global insecurity.
Hint: what is corn used for?
Why is the Internet inherently insecure?
Will the next-generation IPv6 improve Internet security?
How do computers and the Internet create insecurity
in these vital systems:
Compare the two (rival) regimes for container security:
what are the benefits and liabilities of: [a] risk-based
sample screening; [b] 100% screening.
Could the RAND plan for enhancing security in
global shipping be extended to other high-risk systems
such as information and energy systems? Would it
Evaluate the "risk society" thesis of Ulrich Beck and