The aim of The Dawn Project is to bring Software from the Dark of Night to the Light of Day.
We have been living in the first age of software development. It is like the night. It is pitch dark. Software stumbles forward, frequently tripping and falling on its face. Software reliability and security is a nightmare.
We fear the wild animals of the night: the hackers and criminals and spies that steal our money, our privacy, our personal information, and our technology. And now they can kill us all with the click of a mouse.
Over the last 46 years, Dan has developed a new software development methodology, The Dawn Methodology. It has been used to secure our nuclear forces, our military and commercial aircraft, and our top secret encryption devices and communications equipment. Recently, Dan used The Dawn Methodology to build a secure laptop computer for FBI field agents, a secure cell phone for the military, and to secure safety systems in millions of vehicles from the world’s leading car makers.
This is a good start to making safety-critical and security-critical systems never fail and never be hacked. But the electric power grid, nearly all the cars, trucks, trains, hospitals, oil & gas pipelines, water treatment plants, and even voting machines are running software that fails frequently and is easy to hack.
There is now light in the software world, but it is still mostly dark.
When The Dawn Methodology is deployed universally, software will be in the bright light of day. All software will be able to see the pitfalls and avoid tripping and falling on its face. The software that our lives depend on will never fail and no one will be able to hack it. We will be able to see the wild animals coming at us and dispatch them before they can reach us.
Our goal is to use The Dawn Methodology to bring software from the dark of night into the light of day. That’s why it’s called “The Dawn Project.”