Semiotic emergent framework to address the reality of cyberterrorism

Kevin C. Desouza, Tobin Hensgen

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The following paper examines concepts associated with cyberterrorism. Most of the current attention given terrorism involves both probability and consequences related to the physical world. Focuses in "what-if" scenarios involve threats to the economy and the population from an enemy that has all the discretion in selecting the battlefield. But what if the target of terrorism activity is a virtual world? The economic and communications infrastructure of many countries depend on cyber thoroughfares at least as much as they do those of concrete or steel. Yet little attention is given to the notion of attacks that can occur in cyberspace. This discussion examines what cyberterrorism means, the forms it may take and how it may occur, and safeguards that should be considered in preparation for cyber warfare. To this end, we draw from current theories involving semiotics, emergence, and complexity to ground our work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2003


  • Complexity
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Emergence
  • Semiotics
  • Steganography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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