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The Ethics of Information Warfare

  • Luciano Floridi
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo


  • Presents interdisciplinary and comprehensive analyses of both theoretical and applied problems

  • Focuses explicitly on ethics of information warfare

  • Identifies key issues and approaches in the debate on the ethics of information warfare


Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Analysing Information Warfare

  3. Just Information Warfare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Dorothy E. Denning, Bradley J. Strawser
      Pages 85-103
    3. Steven P. Lee
      Pages 105-122
    4. Mariarosaria Taddeo
      Pages 123-138
  4. Information warfare and virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Thomas W. Simpson
      Pages 141-154
    3. Don Howard
      Pages 155-168
    4. Shannon Vallor
      Pages 169-185
  5. Mariarosaria Taddeo, Luciano Floridi
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-211

About this book


This book offers an overview of the ethical problems posed by Information Warfare, and of the different approaches and methods used to solve them, in order to provide the reader with a better grasp of the ethical conundrums posed by this new form of warfare.

The volume is divided into three parts, each comprising four chapters. The first part focuses on issues pertaining to the concept of Information Warfare and the clarifications that need to be made in order to address its ethical implications. The second part collects contributions focusing on Just War Theory and its application to the case of Information Warfare. The third part adopts alternative approaches to Just War Theory for analysing the ethical implications of this phenomenon. Finally, an afterword by Neelie Kroes - Vice President of the European Commission and European Digital Agenda Commissioner - concludes the volume. Her contribution describes the interests and commitments of the European Digital Agenda with respect to research for the development and deployment of robots in various circumstances, including warfare.


Armed Robots and Military Virtue Cyber security Ethics of Cyberattack Ethics of Warfare Information warfare Just Information Warfare Just war theory Justified Military Targets Limited Cyber warfare Moral Cyber Weapons Permissible Preventive Cyberwar Restricting Cyber Conflict Technology, Information, and Modern Warfare The Ethics of Cyber-war Virtue in Cyber conflict Virtue in Robotic and Cyber Warfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Luciano Floridi
    • 1
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of InformationOxford Internet Institute, University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Politics and International StudiesResearch Fellow in Cyber Security and Ethics, PAIS, University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Ethics of Information Warfare
  • Editors Luciano Floridi
    Mariarosaria Taddeo
  • Series Title Law, Governance and Technology Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Law, Governance and Technology Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-04134-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-38006-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-04135-3
  • Series ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-1910
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Technology
    Computers and Society
    Political Theory
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From the book reviews:

“This compilation reviews the distinctive issues associated with informational warfare—war waged through new information and communications technologies (ICTs). ICTs are used to improve the strategies of conventional war by aiding intelligence gathering, coordinating weapons and troops, and disseminating wartime propaganda.  … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (D. Hurst, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)