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Tim Stevens seminar: Are We at Cyberwar? 23 April 2010, Sheffield Hallam

April 12, 2010

NB – corrected date

When: 23 April 2010 13:00-14:00 (GMT)
Where: 9138 Furnival
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, UK


CCRC Communication & Computing Research Centre
Research Seminar

Speaker: Tim Stevens
Title: Are We at Cyberwar? Fact, FUD and Fiction in an Age of Competing Networks


Are we at cyberwar? According to some senior national security and defence industry figures in the United States, the answer is ‘yes’. In early 2010, the Google-China affair catalysed a fresh round of media activity promoting the cyberwar perspective. This presentation examines these claims, how they were made, and the implications of this particular discourse. I maintain that the blurring of fact and fiction created an atmosphere of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) and explain how this potentially affects US foreign and defence policies. Although assertions of global cyberwar are incorrect and unhelpful on several levels, they are not entirely without merit, and I will address the reasons why traditional concepts of war are challenged by conflict and confrontation in global communications networks.

Tim Stevens, Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London.

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