Cyber Blockades: Towards a Theory of Informational Warfare in the Digitial Era.
Abstract: International relations theories emphasize the importance of power
in the world system and the role that technological innovation can play in reshaping power
structures and modifying the importance of geography. In the Information Age, networks of
power are defined as networks of communication. Cyberspace is the quintessential modern
communication network; it is a critical part of ... read morethe information revolution that has
changed the way people and institutions interact and shaped the way we share ideas and
information. The study of rules and norms for cooperation and conflict in cyberspace is
still unfolding, and there is much work to be done to understand how this impacts modern
society. Cyber warfare is a relatively new area of study, and there are many serious
efforts under way to understand this new domain and the threats to it, particularly how
older techniques of attack can be adapted to fit new technology. The driving issue for
this research is how traditional warfare can help us understand cyber warfare. The two
main research questions seek to define and explain blockades in cyberspace and understand
the conditions under which they occur. The primary hypothesis is that cyber blockades are
a modern form of blockade operations that are employed because they offer specific
advantages with regards to vulnerabilities, goals, and alternative
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Diplomacy, History, and Politics.
Advisor: Andrew Hess.
Committee: Robert Pfaltzgraff, and William Martel.
Keywords: International relations, Web studies, and Military studies.read less