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Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare

Fritz Allhoff, Adam Henschke, and Bradley Jay Strawser


Philosophical and ethical discussions of warfare are often tied to emerging technologies and techniques. Today we are presented with what many believe is a radical shift in the nature of war—the realization of conflict in the cyberrealm, the so-called fifth domain of warfare. Does an aggressive act in the cyberrealm constitute an act of war? If so, what rules should govern such warfare? Are the standard theories of just war capable of analyzing and assessing this mode of conflict? Upon short reflection, these changing circumstances present us with a series of questions demanding serious attent ... More

Keywords: cyberwarfare, just war theory, military ethics, technology, international relations, cyberrealm, cyberattack, armed conflict

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190221072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fritz Allhoff, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University

Adam Henschke, editor
Research Fellow, National Research College of Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific

Bradley Jay Strawser, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Naval Postgraduate School

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Fritz Allhoff, Adam Henschke, and Bradley Jay Strawser

Part I Foundational Norms for Cyberwarfare

1 Emerging Norms for Cyberwarfare

George R. Lucas Jr.

Part II Cyberwarfare and the Just War Tradition

4 Cyber Chevauchées

David Whetham

6 Postcyber

Brian Orend

Part III Ethos of Cyberwarfare

7 Beyond Tallinn

Matthew Beard

8 Immune from Cyberfire?

Daphna Canetti, Michael L. Gross, and Israel Waismel-Manor

9 Beyond Machines

David Danks and Joseph H. Danks

Part IV Cyberwarfare, Deception, and Privacy