7.1 Weaponization of digital resources (Intro)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 7.1 Weaponization of digital resources (Intro)

In today’s interconnected world, digital resources have become powerful tools that can be both empowering and destructive. In this course, we will delve into the complex issue of the weaponization of digital resources and its implications for digital justice.

From cyber warfare and the dark web to autonomous weapons and hacking, the misuse of digital technologies poses significant challenges to individuals, communities, and societies at large. Cyber warfare, in particular, has emerged as a prominent concern, with state and non-state actors leveraging digital tools to launch attacks on critical infrastructure, disrupt communications, and undermine national security.

The dark web, a hidden part of the internet inaccessible to conventional search engines, provides a platform for illicit activities such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and cybercrime. Autonomous weapons, powered by artificial intelligence, raise ethical and legal questions about the use of technology in warfare and the potential for autonomous decision-making to result in unintended consequences.

Hacking, whether for financial gain, espionage, or activism, can compromise individuals’ privacy, steal sensitive information, and disrupt essential services. Additionally, cyberbullying, a form of online harassment and intimidation, can have devastating effects on victims’ mental health and well-being.

In this course, we will explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of the weaponization of digital resources and examine strategies for promoting digital justice in the face of these challenges. By understanding the dynamics of cyber warfare, the dark web, autonomous weapons, hacking, and cyberbullying, we can work towards creating a more equitable, secure, and inclusive digital future for all. Join us as we navigate the complex terrain of digital justice in the age of weaponized digital resources.

Cyber War

Cyber war refers to the use of digital technologies to launch attacks on computer systems, networks, and infrastructure with the intent to cause disruption, damage, or destruction. It encompasses a range of tactics, including hacking, malware deployment, and denial-of-service attacks, often carried out by state or non-state actors for political, economic, or military purposes.

Dark Web

The dark web is a hidden part of the internet that is not indexed by traditional search engines and can only be accessed using specialized software. It is often associated with illicit activities such as drug trafficking, weapons trading, and cybercrime, due to its anonymity and encryption features, making it challenging for law enforcement agencies to monitor and regulate.

Autonomous Weapons

Autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), are military weapons that can independently select and engage targets without human intervention. These weapons, often equipped with artificial intelligence and advanced sensors, raise ethical concerns about the potential for unintended harm, loss of human control, and violation of international humanitarian law.


Hacking refers to the unauthorized access, manipulation, or exploitation of computer systems, networks, or digital devices. It encompasses a wide range of activities, from benign exploration to malicious attacks aimed at stealing data, disrupting services, or causing damage. Hackers may exploit vulnerabilities in software or hardware, employ social engineering tactics, or use malware to gain access to sensitive information or control over systems.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is a form of online harassment and intimidation that involves using digital technologies such as social media, messaging apps, or email to target and harass individuals. It may include sending threatening or derogatory messages, spreading rumors or false information, or posting humiliating content with the intent to harm or humiliate the victim. Cyber bullying can have serious consequences for victims’ mental health and well-being, and it is a significant concern in digital justice efforts aimed at promoting online safety and combating harassment.