Cyber Attacks and Cyber (Mis)information Operations During a Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Our goal in this article is to map the various obligations of states under general international law and human rights law with regard to malicious cyber and misinformation operations conducted by state and non-state actors during the pandemic. In Part I we consider cyber operations against health care facilities and capabilities during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, including public health activities operated by the government, and how such operations, when attributable to a state, can violate the sovereignty of other states, the prohibitions of intervention and the use of force, and the human rights of affected individuals. In Part II we perform a similar analysis with regard to state misinformation operations, especially those that directly or indirectly affect human life and health, whether such misinformation is targeting the state's own population or those of third states. In Part III we turn to the positive obligations states have to protect their populations from hostile cyber and misinformation operations, to the limits human rights law imposes on efforts to combat misinformation, and to protective obligations toward third states and their populations."

2020 Georgetown Law Center
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Journal of National Security Law & Policy: http://jnslp.com/
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Journal of National Security Law & Policy (2020), v.11 no.1, p.247-284
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