, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 213–224

Just Information Warfare


DOI: 10.1007/s11245-014-9245-8

Cite this article as:
Taddeo, M. Topoi (2016) 35: 213. doi:10.1007/s11245-014-9245-8


In this article I propose an ethical analysis of information warfare, the warfare waged in the cyber domain. The goal is twofold: filling the theoretical vacuum surrounding this phenomenon and providing the conceptual grounding for the definition of new ethical regulations for information warfare. I argue that Just War Theory is a necessary but not sufficient instrument for considering the ethical implications of information warfare and that a suitable ethical analysis of this kind of warfare is developed when Just War Theory is merged with Information Ethics. In the initial part of the article, I describe information warfare and its main features and highlight the problems that arise when Just War Theory is endorsed as a means of addressing ethical problems engendered by this kind of warfare. In the final part, I introduce the main aspects of Information Ethics and define three principles for a just information warfare resulting from the integration of Just War Theory and Information Ethics.


Cyber conflicts Entropy Information Ethics Information war Just War Theory War 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and International StudiesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Uehiro Centre for Practical EthicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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