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Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare

Friday 15/September/2017 - 09:26 AM
Sada El Balad

From North Korea's recent attacks on Sony to perpetual news reports of successful hackings and criminal theft، cyber conflict has emerged as a major topic of public concern. Yet even as attacks on military، civilian، and commercial targets have escalated، there is not yet a clear set of ethical guidelines that apply to cyber warfare. Indeed، like terrorism، cyber warfare is commonly believed to be a war without rules. Given the prevalence cyber warfare، developing a practical moral code for this new form of conflict is more important than ever.

In Ethics and Cyber Warfare، internationally-respected ethicist George Lucas delves into the confounding realm of cyber conflict. Comparing "state-sponsored hacktivism" to the transformative impact of "irregular warfare" in conventional armed conflict، Lucas offers a critique of legal approaches to governance، and outlines a new approach to ethics and "just war" reasoning. Lucas draws upon the political philosophies of Alasdair MacIntyre، John Rawls، and Jürgen Habermas to provide a framework for understanding these newly-emerging standards for cyber conflict، and ultimately presents a professional code of ethics for a new generation of "cyber warriors."

Lucas concludes with a discussion of whether preemptive self-defense efforts - such as the massive government surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden - can ever be justified، addressing controversial topics such as privacy، anonymity، and public trust. Well-reasoned and timely، Ethics and Cyber Warfare is a must-read for anyone with an interest in philosophy، ethics، or cybercrime.


Editorial Reviews
"...a convincing case for relying on incrementalism and experience. Essential."
-- Choice

"This highly engaging book raises new and important issues relating to cyber warfare ethics that deserve our thoughtful attention."
-- Dorothy E. Denning، Distinguished Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and author of Information Warfare and Security

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 13، 2016)
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches

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