The nature of war and the idea of 'cyberwar'

Lawrence May

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    This chapter argues that cyberwar is not sufficiently like normal cases of war or armed conflict to justify the relaxation of the rules and laws concerning intentional killing, and that there are good reasons to think of cyber attacks more like embargoes than like the type of lethal attacks that war has historically involved. While cyber attacks could rise to level of being wars or armed conflicts, there are not likely to be many if any such attacks today. There are also serious consequences for assimilating cyber attacks to the war paradigm that will make the world a less safe place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCyberwar
    Subtitle of host publicationLaw and ethics for virtual conflicts
    EditorsKevin Govern, Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin
    Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9780198717508
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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