Books  |    |  November 15, 2014

The Ethics of Information Warfare

Book edited by Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo.
Published by Springer International Publishing.
211 pages.

This book offers an overview of the ethical problems posed by Information Warfare, and of the different approaches and methods used to solve them, in order to provide the reader with a better grasp of the ethical conundrums posed by this new form of warfare.

The volume is divided into three parts, each comprising four chapters. The first part focuses on issues pertaining to the concept of Information Warfare and the clarifications that need to be made in order to address its ethical implications. The second part collects contributions focusing on Just War Theory and its application to the case of Information Warfare. The third part adopts alternative approaches to Just War Theory for analysing the ethical implications of this phenomenon. Finally, an afterword by Neelie Kroes – Vice President of the European Commission and European Digital Agenda Commissioner – concludes the volume. Her contribution describes the interests and commitments of the European Digital Agenda with respect to research for the development and deployment of robots in various circumstances, including warfare.

  • Presents interdisciplinary and comprehensive analyses of both theoretical and applied problems.
  • Focuses explicitly on ethics of information warfare.
  • Identifies key issues and approaches in the debate on the ethics of information warfare

Table of Contents

Part I

  • Fog in the Fifth Dimension: The Ethics of Cyber-war — Brian Orend
  • The Future Impact of a Long Period of Limited Cyber warfare on the Ethics of Warfare — Randall R. Dipert
  • Is Warfare the Right Frame for the Cyber Debate? — Patrick Lin, Fritz Allhoff, and Keith Abney
  • Technology, Information, and Modern Warfare: Challenges and Prospects in the 21st Century — Wayne McCormack and Deen Chatterjee

Part II

  • Permissible Preventive Cyberwar: Restricting Cyber Conflict to Justified Military Targets — George R. Lucas, Jr.
  • Moral Cyber Weapons — Dorothy E. Denning and Bradley J. Strawser
  • The Ethics of Cyberattack — Steven P. Lee
  • Information Warfare and Just War Theory — M. Taddeo

Part III

  • The Wrong in Cyberattacks — T. Simpson
  • Virtue in Cyber conflict — Don Howard
  • Armed Robots and Military Virtue — Shannon Vallor
  • Deception and Virtue in Robotic and Cyber Warfare — John P. Sullins

Afterword – Robots and Warfare: Challenges and European Responses — Neelie Kroes

About the Editor

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and is Fellow of Exeter College. He is also Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. His research concerns primarily Information and Computer Ethics (aka Digital Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology.