While some terrorists will eventually have the technological skills or opportunities to engage in extremely damaging cyberterrorism, this is not the only dangerous implication of the information revolution. More seriously, this revolution is enabling new forms of organization and new doctrines that will affect the spectrum of conflict, including terrorism.
Michele Zanini is a doctoral fellow at the RAND Graduate School. This article draws on the authors' “Networks, Netwar, and Information-Age Terrorism,” in Zalmay M. Khalilzad and John P. White, eds., Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare (Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND, 1999).
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John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt, Michele Zanini; Information-Age Terrorism. Current History 1 April 2000; 99 (636): 179–185. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.636.179
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