Cyber Warfare Ethics

Cyber technology gives states the ability to accomplish effects that once required kinetic action. These effects can now be achieved with cyber means in a manner that is covert, deniable, cheap, and technologically feasible for many governments. In some cases, cyber means are morally preferable to conventional military operations, but in other cases, cyber’s unique qualities can lead to greater mischief than governments would have chanced using kinetic means. This volume addresses the applicability of traditional military ethics to cyber operations, jus ad vim (an emerging sub-field governing grey zone or soft war operations), the rights of the targets of cyber operations, cyber sabotage, cyber surveillance, phase zero operations, psychological operations and artificial intelligence. Uniquely, it includes a number of cyber incidents that do not currently exist as case studies and have not received much public attention. This volume has been designed to work as a handbook for cyber warriors, drone pilots and military professionals involved in cyber training and teaching.


c.230 pages  I   Size: 234 x 156mm  I  c.£29.99  

Publication date: c.October 2021

Paperback: 978 1912440 269

Cyber Warfare Ethics

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    Just War Theory and Cyber Warfare Fritz Allhoff and Jonathan Milgrim

    Jus ad Vim: Sub-Threshold Cyber Warfare Michael L. Gross

    Rights of Those Targeted in Military Cyber Operations Michael Skerker


    Cyber and Conventional Military Operations Richard Schoonhoven

    The Ethics of Cyber-Sabotage Jeremy Davis

    Not War: The Ethics of "Phase Zero" Cyber Operations Ed Barrett

    Ethics of Military Cyber Surveillance Peter Lee

    Ethics and Cyber Enabled PSYOP Adam Henschke


    The Morality of Machines: Cyber Guardian Angels Andrew Tidmarsh

    Artificial Intelligence Ethics Scott Robbins

    Ethics and Cyber Systems: Artificial Intelligence Weapons Systems and Moral Slippage Elke Schwarz