Sunday, June 30, 2013

Call for papers: Ethics of Cyber Conflict

Time: November 2013
Place: Rome, Italy
Participation fee: none
In the age of the so-called information revolution, the ability to control, disrupt or manipulate the enemy’s information infrastructure has become as decisive as weapon superiority with respect to determining the outcome of conflicts. So much so that Pentagon’s definition of cyberspace as a new domain in which war is waged, alongside land, sea, air and space, comes as no surprise.
The deployment of cyber conflicts as part of a state’s defensive or offensive strategy is a fast growing phenomenon, which is rapidly changing the dynamics of combat as well as the role that warfare plays in political negotiations and the life of civil societies. Such changes are not the exclusive concern of the military, for they also have a bearing on ethicists and policymakers, since existing ethical theories of war, together with national and international regulations, struggle to address the novelties of this phenomenon. 
The issue could not be more pressing and there is a much felt and fast escalating need to share information and coordinate ethical theorising about cyber conflicts. Contributions to the workshop will address issues concerning the way ICTs are affecting our ethical views of conflicts and warfare, as well as the analysis of just-war principles in the light of the dissemination of cyber conflicts; humanitarian military interventions based on ICTs; whether preventive acts of cyber war may satisfy jus-ad-bellum criteria; challenges of upholding jus-in-bello standards in cyber warfare, especially in asymmetric conflicts; attribution and proportionality of the response to cyber attacks; moral permissibility of automated responses and ethical deployment of military robotic weapons.
The workshop will be a two-day event organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and chaired by Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. The event will gather ethicists, experts in military studies, policymakers and experts in cyber security to discuss the ethical problems caused by cyber conflicts.
Submission of Papers:
Authors are required to submit an extended abstract of the planned paper which should describe the topic and set out the main aspects and structure of the research (up to 1000 words). Following a preliminary review and acceptance of the abstract, the authors will be requested to submit the full paper that meets high academic research, which will be considered for a publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.
Speakers will be offered travel, transfer from,and to the airport, accommodation for the duration of the event. 
Submission details, author guidance and other practical information will be made available on the Centre’s website latest by August 2013.
Important DatesExtended abstracts (1000 words): 9 September 2013
Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2013
Full paper: 07 November 2013
Registration is required for this event, please contact events -at-
For enquiries about the workshop, please contact Lt Ludovica Glorioso (ludovica.glorioso -at- or Anna-Maria Talihärm (anna-maria.taliharm -at-

Call for papers: The ethics of war in the 21st century

The Ethics of War in the 21st Century
Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace
May 24 - 25, 2014

Preceded by the inaugural Public Lecture on the Ethics of War and Peace
Professor Jeff McMahan
May 23rd 2014

Conference Keynote Speakers:
Frances M. Kamm (Harvard)
Seth Lazar (ANU)
Gustaf Arrhenius (Stockholm)
Cheyney Ryan (Oxford and Oregon)
Christopher Heath Wellman (Washington University in St. Louis)

Special Panel on War and International Law
Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers)
Massimo Renzo (Warwick)
François Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode Hall law School, York University)

This conference will mark the opening of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, which is based in the Philosophy Department at Stockholm University and funded by the Wallenberg Foundation.  The theme of the inaugural conference will be the Ethics of War in the 21st Century, with an emphasis on how just war theory has evolved since 9/11.  The conference will be preceded by a public lecture by Professor Jeff McMahan. 

It is intended that there be several sessions for submitted papers. Papers are welcome from scholars working in philosophy, law, political science, international relations and related fields.  Graduate students and recent PhDs are especially encouraged to submit. Two graduate bursaries will be available for the best submitted papers by current graduate students. The bursaries will contribute up to 5000 SEK (about $750) towards travel, and cover meals, accommodation and conference registration.  Please indicate in your submission email if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

Papers of no more than 5000 words (exc. references), suitable for a 30 minute presentation, should be submitted by the 1st of December 2013.   Papers that exceed the word limit will not be accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.  Papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and be prepared for blind review - please include name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the email.  Please also indicate in the submission email whether you would be willing to act as a respondent if your paper is not accepted for the conference.  There are plans to put together a journal special issue from selected papers. Please indicate in your email whether you would like your paper considered for publication as part of this issue.

What's wrong with killer robots?

Conscious entities has a nice discussion. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Suarez on autonomous drones

On employing autonomous robots for war. TED talk by Sci-Fi novelist Daniel Suarez here

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Routledge articles on Nuclear Warfare

. . . free access till the end of the year: here