Module 7: Philosophy and Cybersecurity

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how the discipline of philosophy is related to cybersecurity.
  • Describe the role of cybersecurity in defining definitions of appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
  • Describe how cybersecurity produces ideas of progress and modernism.
  • Understand and describe ethical dilemmas, both intended and unintended, that cybersecurity efforts produce for individuals, nations, societies, and the environment.


Please read the attached article and click on the embedded audio files within the article to listen to lecture material. 


This video discusses the impact of man on nature.  In the past, we (man) could only do “so much” harm to the environment, but not enough to actually destroy it. Is that different today? The video also explores traditional ethical frameworks, found on page 35, for how we work with each other.  The question to ponder: is it time now, due to the advancement of ICTs, for new or different ethical standards?

This video furthers the Jonas essay by discussing the third and fourth assumptions of traditional ethics that Jonas claims may no longer be true, and, among other ideas, what a new ethical framework, driven by technological change, may look like.

This third Jonas video discusses a potential new ethics framework and resulting challenges.  It seems that we’ve always looked at technological advances as a “utopian drift”.  That is, all tech advancements are inherently good, and if not, we can’t stop it anyway, right?  So, this question naturally leads to the topic of “responsible restraint” (p. 51).  That is, just because we *can* do something, *should* we do it.

Yiannis Laouris of Future Worlds Center talks at the European Parliament on the Onlife manifesto. Do you agree that technology has changed nearly every aspect of our lives except politics?

A supporting video of Luciano Floridi, one of the primary contributors to The Onlife Manifesto.