Cy­berWar and Peace – The Need for an In­ter­na­tional Cy­berwar Con­ven­tion

Distinguished Magazine - - CONTENTS - PRATIK ROY CHOUDHURI

The in­ter­net like most tech­nolo­gies came in to light as a mil­i­tary net­work. De­vel­oped by and for the de­fence forces, it aimed at eas­ing in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­tect­ing se­cure data in a dig­i­tal realm. The world to­day op­er­ates in cy­ber space! In the dig­i­tal world, one is free from most so­cial and cul­tural bar­ri­ers, at least in the­ory. As life gets more dig­i­tal, the rules and reg­u­la­tions, and checks are im­posed to pro­tect an in­di­vid­ual, as well as col­lec­tive in­ter­est. The cy­ber world con­sists of mas­sive amounts of in­for­ma­tion. Just like tra­di­tional war­fare, if war in­for­ma­tion can be ma­nip­u­lated, sab­o­taged, stolen or fal­si­fied, the re­sult can cause a calamity in the real world. Nev­er­the­less, un­like the tra­di­tional forms of war­fare, this fourth di­men­sion adds an el­e­ment of the un­known be­cause in cy­berspace, ev­ery­thing is con­nected to ev­ery­thing else. The more we move to­wards the dig­i­tal, the more vul­ner­a­ble our worlds be­come. The in­ter­net like most tech­nolo­gies came into light as a mil­i­tary net­work. De­vel­oped by and for the de­fence forces, it aimed at eas­ing in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­tect­ing se­cure data in a dig­i­tal realm.

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