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Safety in the Digital Age: a new FonCSI book, published by Springer

In early September, Springer published a new, open access Foncsi book. Entitled Safety in the Digital Age, this collection of a dozen scientific articles presents the results of the 2021 NeTWork seminar.

Foncsi has supported the NeTWork for many years, and each year the Foundation organizes a forward-look international seminar. The discussions that take place during these seminars lead to the publication of a Foncsi book by Springer, in their SpringerBriefs in Safety Management series.

Safety in the Digital Age is therefore the fruit of the 2021 NeTWork seminar on the theme of ‘Safety in a digital age: old and new problems’, in partnership with Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France) and Stian Antonsen (Sintef, Norway).

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> Safety in the Digital Age. Sociotechnical Perspectives on Algorithms and Machine Learning


What’s in it?

Algorithms, machine learning, big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) are the watchwords of today’s transformation of companies.
In what ways will high-risk systems be affected by these developments? What are the impacts on their safety, activities, organization, management and regulations?
What are the socio-technological challenges linked to the digital revolution in healthcare, transport, energy production and distribution, and manufacturing?


The articles and their authors

The book showcases the following articles by international experts:

  • "Safety in a Digital Age: Old and New Problems. Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence", by Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France), Stian Antonsen (NTNU, Norway)
  • "The Digitization of Risk Assessment: Fulfilling the Promises of Prediction?", by David Demortain (Inrae, France)
  • "Key Dimensions of Algorithmic Management, Machine Learning and Big Data in Differing Large Sociotechnical Systems, with Implications for Systemwide Safety Management", by Emery Roe (Berkeley, USA) and Scott Fortmann-Roe (Berkeley, USA)
  • "Digitization, Safety and Privacy", by Olivier Guillaume (EDF R&D, France)
  • "Design and Dissemination of Blockchain Technologies: The Challenge of Privacy", by Cécile Caron (EDF Lab, France)
  • "Considering Severity of Safety-Critical System Outcomes in Risk Analysis: An Extension of Fault Tree Analysis", by David B. Kaber (University of Florida, USA), Yunmei Liu (University of Florida, USA) and Mei Lau (John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab)
  • "Are We Going Towards "No-Brainer" Safety Management?", by Nicola Paltrinieri (NTNU, Norway)
  • "Looking at the Safety of AI from a Systems Perspective: Two Healthcare Examples", by Mark A. Sujan (Human Factors Everywhere Ltd., UK)
  • "Normal Cyber-Crises", by Sarah Backman (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • "Information Security Behaviour in an Organisation Providing Critical Infrastructure: A Pre-post Study of Efforts to Improve Information Security Culture", by T.-O. Nævestad (Institute of Transport Economics, Norway), J. Hovland Honerud (University College of Southeast Norway, Norway) and S. Frislid Meyer (Norway)
  • "AI at Work, Working with AI. First Lessons from Real Use Cases", Yann Ferguson Icam, France)
  • "Safety in the Digital Age - Sociotechnical Challenges", by Stian Antonsen (NTNU, Norway) and Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France)


Safety in the Digital Age has already been downloaded more than 8,000 times in less than a month.

Enjoy the book!