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Bertille Bayart: "The black swans fly in a squadron"


CHRONICLE - Over the past eighteen months, several of the major risks so far listed almost theoretically have actually materialized.

On the morning of Tuesday, June 8, the internet momentarily collapsed.

In several areas of the world, users have been denied access to government or news sites, or to social networks.

A global bug following the failure of the company Fastly, a little-known but essential shadow cog in the web.

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Fastly at the origin of the blackout which paralyzed several websites on Tuesday

Is this simple breakdown a twist, or an event that should alert us to the vulnerability of our modern societies?

A sudden and massive disruption of communications, resulting from a malicious act or a technical problem, is one of the great risks to which we are exposed.

A world without the internet would plunge into chaos.


Black swans

We will say that it is a disaster scenario.

But Nassim Nicholas Taleb has shown, in the financial field, the difficulty of considering the exception, his famous black swan, that is to say the extremely rare event whose consequences are immense.

It is clear that these days, black swans are flying

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Source: lefigaro

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