Temple Professor discusses work on Information Operations
Professor Erin Daly - Published: April 7, 2008

duncan hollis templeDuncan Hollis, Associate Professor of Law at Temple Law School, spoke to the Widener faculty about his recent work on Information Operations (IO). According to Hollis, IO “involves the use of information technology, such as computer network attacks or psychological operations, to influence, disrupt, corrupt, usurp, or defend information systems and the infrastructure they support. More than thirty states have developed IO capacities. But IO is also undoubtedly attractive to non-state actors like al-Qaeda, since the technology is mostly inexpensive, easy-to-use, and capable of deployment from virtually anywhere.” Hollis argues that the current system of international law – specifically the rules regulating the use of force and the law of war— is not adequate to manage the ever-changing field of IO, and that a new set of rules ought to be developed to deal with this growing threat. A legal framework developed specifically for IO would reduce transaction costs for states fighting global terror, and lessen the collateral costs of armed conflict itself,” Hollis contends. Duncan Hollis is a graduate of Bowdoin College; he earned his J.D. at Boston College Law School and his M.A.L.D. at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).