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Resilient Transformations of Critical Infrastructures in Crisis

Gazos, Alexandros

Abstract (englisch):
The advance of information and communication technology (ICT) accelerates the exchange of information and corresponding actions inside critical infrastructures. Operators (private- or public-sector) and regulatory institutions (state or multi-organizational) are pushed to cope with this dynamic. Increasing uncertainties in the environment of critical infrastructure systems, like climate change, terrorism and the potential for criminal or state-sponsored cyberattacks add to the complexity of those systems. To guarantee a safe operation of critical infrastructures responsible actors increasingly resort to strategically fostering resilience in the sociotechnical systems they manage and are part of themselves. Resilience is commonly understood as “bouncing back” to a state of equilibrium. Ecologically informed resilience concepts think of multiple equilibria and recent theories make “bouncing forward” i.e. transformative aspects an integral part of resilience. Yet, a transformative aspect begs the question of which essential core is made resilient? And what remains of this essential core after transformation? In the end, the fabric of critical infrastructures and their resiliency are the product of a social construction by multiple stakeholders. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000139664
HGF-Programm 46.24.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Conceptual and Methodological Research
Veranstaltung Transformation of Infrastructure Systems (2021), Online, 04.11.2021 – 05.11.2021
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