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Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

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A futuristic soldier in virtual reality glasses visualizes and plots out military strategy

Fighting digitally offers a unique opportunity: the continuation of politics by other means, without the physical invasion of a sovereign territory or the inevitable sacrifice of lives.

We are now at an important crossroads when it comes to determining just how far we are willing to take cyberwar.

One possible avenue points to perilous conflict escalation between great powers further enabled by digital technologies. But an alternative perspective sees cyberwar as an opportunity to decrease global violence.

Could such tactics shift war's focus away from human casualties? Can nations settle for slugging it out online, rather than with guns and missiles?

From The New York Times
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