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Should we use old or new rules to regulate warfare in the information age?

As contemporary societies grow increasingly dependant on ICTs, any form of attack that involves their informational infrastructures poses serious risks and raises the need for adequate defence and regulatory measures. The OII’s Mariarosaria Taddeo discusses the outcome of a recent NATO CCD COE workshop on Ethics and Policies for Cyber Warfare, which focused on the question of the adequacy and efficacy of existing laws and ethical frameworks for the regulation of cyber warfare. Read the full workshop report [PDF, 400kb].

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Time for debate about the societal impact of the Internet of Things

Despite the growing ubiquity and connectivity of the consumer devices and other objects that make up the “Internet of Things”, very little is understood about the likely social impacts of the technology. Jeremy Crump is chair of the BCS Internet of Things working group and a Director at Cisco Systems. In February 2013 he chaired a joint BCS-OII seminar on the societal impact of the Internet of Things with Ian Brown (OII); a summary of the contributions is published on the BCS website.

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Public policy responses to cybercrime: a new special issue from Policy and Internet

Multidisciplinary approaches on the issues raised by cybercrime are actively being sought by policymaking communities. Stefan Fafinski, Research Fellow at Leeds University, and Guest Editor of Policy & Internet’s special issue on cybercrime introduces the papers published in the issue, discussing the problems that the abuse of networked technologies brings to society as a whole, and the range of possible policy approaches and responses.

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