Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 183–190

Post-September 11: Computers, ethics and war

  • Richard T. De George

DOI: 10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017734.23180.fa

Cite this article as:
De George, R.T. Ethics and Information Technology (2003) 5: 183. doi:10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017734.23180.fa


This paper considers the moralresponsibility of computer scientists withrespect to weapons development in post-911America. It does so by looking at the doctrineof jus in bello as exemplified in fourscenarios. It argues that the traditionaldoctrine should be augmented by a number ofprinciples, including the Principle of aMorally Obligatory Smart Arms Race, thePrinciple of Assistance to One's Enemies, thePrinciple of Public Debate on Weapons of MassDisruption, and the Principle of the MoralUnjustifiability of Private Wars.

arms race civil disobedience computer scientists just war mass disruption moral responsibility 

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