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[liberationtech] Is the Cyberwar beginning?

Cameran Ashraf chashraf at ucla.edu
Thu Jan 31 18:57:09 PST 2013


As a geographer I find the discussion illuminating. Despite the  
challenges to conventional - or traditional - notions of territory and  
sovereignty that information and the internet represent, we  
(practitioners, activists, academics, etc.) continue to try to ground  
notions of cyberwar in the almost 350 year-old Westphalian way of  
organizing and demarcating political space.

Maybe the way we relate to cyberwar isn't so "cyber" after all?

Cameran


-- 
Ph.D. student
Department of Geography
University of California, Los Angeles


Quoting Alex Comninos <alex.comninos at gmail.com>:

> Political science generally defines war as over 1,000 casualties per
> year as a result of political conflict. Being a political scientist, I
> find cyberwar meaningless. Perhaps information conflict is a better
> term? The word "war" also generates fear, and state response, as well
> as extraordinary measures to deal with it, which are not always nice
> (think PATRIOT Act and NDAA 1021). Using the word war can escalate
> conflict. So lets rather not use it.
>
> Thanks for initating this discussion.
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