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Technology is progressing at record speed to produce insect-size robots (“spiders”) with lethal capabilities, potentially on a mass scale. Ultimately, spiders will enable individuals to harm other individuals from great distances and with little accountability, making people everywhere simultaneously vulnerable and threatening to others. This essay considers the possible effects of spiders on the incidence of violence, both political and interpersonal, and how this violence breaks down the traditional categories on which we rely for regulation (domestic/international, citizen/alien, war/crime). Finally, it explores how our conceptions of sovereignty, international relations, and the domestic social contract between citizens and governments must adapt to this new threat.

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Forthcoming publications:

To Confront Cyber Threats, We must Rethink the Law of Armed Conflict on July 26th 2012 at 16.00 CET

Cybersecurity and Public Goods: The Public/Private “Partnership”  on August,29th 2012 at 16.00 CET

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