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The Legal Status and Responsibilities of Private Internet Users Under the Law of Armed Conflict: A Primer for the Unwary on the Shape of Law to Come

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Washington University Global Studies Law Review


This Essay is speculative in the sense that the law of armed conflict has not yet been extended to cover warfare waged over the World Wide Web. Therefore, potential risks posed for private-citizen users of the Internet are based on an extrapolation from existing principles of the law of armed conflict. It is, however, a modest extrapolation. Private-citizen Internet users who want to protect themselves in the cyber-realm will be well served to assume that the line of thinking presented in this Essay reflects the shape of law to come.