Between the “Battlefield” Metaphor and Promises of Generativity: Contrasting Discourses on Cyberconflict

Authors

  • Artur de Matos Alves Universidade Atlântica CECL - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Linguagens

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2015v40n3a2742

Keywords:

Electronic culture, New media, Internet/IP/WWW, Cyberconflict, Network politics

Abstract

This article proposes a theoretical assessment of discourses on cyberconflict, and of their relation to the current perception of the state of cyberspace. By contrasting the “battlefield” approaches to cyberconflict with theoretical and factual materials on its social and political impacts, this article suggests that the “battlefield” terminology frames the discussion of online security within a drive for the “militarization” of cyberspace. It concludes by presenting generativity-based perspectives as a contribution towards addressing contemporary challenges to network politics in cyberconflict theoretical frameworks.

Cet article propose une évaluation théorique des discours sur le cyberconflit, et de leur rapport à la perception actuelle de l’état du cyberespace. En opposant des approches du type «champ de bataille» au cyberconflit avec des matériaux théoriques et factuelles sur ces impacts sociaux et politiques, ce document suggère que la terminologie «champ de bataille» encadre le débat sur la sécurité en ligne dans la militarisation de l’espace cybernétique. L’article conclu en présentant des perspectives fondées sur la « générativité » comme contributions pour relever les défis contemporains aux politiques des réseaux dans les cadres théoriques du cyberconflit.

Author Biography

Artur de Matos Alves, Universidade Atlântica CECL - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Linguagens

Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Sciences and Technologies of Information and Communication of the Atlântica University, and researcher in CECL, New University of Lisbon, Portugal. His most recent book (published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, 2013) reflects his PhD dissertation on emerging technologies, presented to the New University of Lisbon in 2010. He edited the book Unveiling the Posthuman. Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press (2012). His research on philosophy of technology and the societal impacts of emerging technologies, new media and cyber conflict has been presented in several international conferences.

Published

2015-08-11