Articles by Paul Albertella

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Applying functional safety practices to software-intensive systems can be very challenging, and established approaches have struggled to scale and adapt to the problem. But what is meant by the assertion that "Safety is a system property, not a component property" and how should this shape our understanding of safety when applied to software?

Masks, coronavirus and smartphone

As concerns about the privacy and security implications of contract tracing apps for COVID-19 show, establishing trust in software is still a real challenge. I’ve been following reports about these apps closely, and have been interested to read medical, technical and ethical analysis from around the world. What all of these perspectives underline for me is the critical role of public trust in the success or failure of such applications.

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