This Independent Study project is centered around an ethical exploration of cyber warfare. The question this project aims to answer is what are the ethics of cyber warfare? The first chapter of this project surveys preexisting literature on cyber warfare, introducing varying definitions of cyber warfare and organizing those definitions based on their more nuanced subjects. It also provides descriptions of various cyber terminology that is often present in the discussion of cyber warfare and greater international cyber security. The second chapter of this project briefly comments on the study of War Ethics and thoroughly details Just War Theory. This chapter includes a thorough academic discussion of the principles of Just War Theory, those which either fall under the category of Jus ad Bellum or Jus in Bello. In summary, Chapter Two establishes a theoretical, ethical framework of which will be applied to cyber warfare in second half of the project, which highlights two cases of cyber warfare. Chapters Three and Four, subsequently, are devoted to those case studies. Chapter Three looks at the case of Stuxnet and compares various aspects of this case to the principles of Just War Theory, aiming to decide if the principles were satisfied in that case or not. Chapter Four progresses similarly, looking at the case of the Russo-Georgian War. This is all done with the goal of determining if Just War Theory is an adequate ethical framework of which the international community may utilize when thinking about cyber war, thus answering the question: what are the ethics of cyber warfare?
Philosophy; Political Science
Reese, Katie, "Just Cyber Warfare? An Exploration into the Ethics of International Cyber War" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8920.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Cyber Warfare, Ethics
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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