I highly recommend reading comp.risks if you're interested in getting a feeling for how fragile and often poorly-designed and thought-out the computer systems are that we rely on each day.
Peter G. Neumann has issued a call for wider dissemination of this information:
My note in RISKS-23.96 on 20 years of putting out issues of the ACM
Risks Forum has led me to reflect further on what we have accomplished
in the way of progress and what remains to be done.
The basic problems considered here keep recurring. Whatever progress
might be made in computer-related technologies and their applications
has not been reducing the threats, vulnerabilities, and risks related
to the systems upon which we individually and as a civilization depend
most. Overall, this leads me to a sense of frustration that the Risks
Forum has been largely preaching to the choir, and that our message is
not getting through to those who really need it most. All of you
regular RISKS readers are likely to be totally unsurprised by the
items that you read here --- they are just more of the same.
Occasionally we might gain a new convert in the understanding of the
depth of problems of what is wrong and what is needed to meaningfully
address those problems.
Somehow we need to be able to reach out professionally and effectively
beyond the RISKS audience. I have testified at least a dozen times
for governmental bodies on RISKS-related issues, but always have a
gnawing feeling that these efforts fall on deaf ears or are largely
ignored by brains that are preoccupied with other concerns.
Perhaps libraries could play a role? Perhaps podcasting could be used to distribute the audio content proposed in the rest of the message?