Infocon Magazine Issue One,
Wars': Learning From The Experience of Peace Research and Arms
Department of Political Science,
University of Bologna, Italy
'digital wars'(or, Computer Networks Operations in military-speak) ‘real’?
Can they really cause economic damage and loss of lives? Can poor
countries use them to integrate or even, following Sun Tzu, to
replace more expensive weapons systems? If the answers are positive,
then it should be possible to measure cyberwars. In democratic
countries, it should be even possible to compare different measurements
and include the public in an open discussion. But research on digital
wars takes place in closed laboratories and feeding public opinion
with unverifiable data and the media with “ad hoc” anecdotes
seem common developments in several countries.
This exploratory research offers an index to measure a type of
information war as well as some suggestions on why a public debate
on this crucial issue is necessary and how it might proceed. It
does so relying on the experience of arms control and peace research
scholars that during the Cold War had to face the same obstacles.
Digital Wars Paper
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30 December, 2007
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