March 1, 2024

WG9.10 ICT Uses in Peace and War

est. 2013

Chair: Louise LEENEN


The aim of this working group is to focus the efforts of academia and research institutions, industry, governments, civic society, and the military to promote creative thinking in this field and to encourage viable solutions to so-far unanswered questions. This group will encourage dialogue by providing a platform for the presentation of research papers, current research or the result of research in progress, case studies, use cases, lessons learned, and risk assessment/impact assessment.


The scope of the working group includes any aspects that pertain to how ICT may influence, affect, or threaten individuals, society or nations in relation to either war or peace, as well as how these concerns are perceived by these three levels of grouping (persons, society or nations).

The following themes are all relevant in terms of their orientation in their use in war and peace. The items which are listed in alphabetic order do not reflect the eventual prioritization of the subjects to be covered:

  • Cyber warfare
  • Cyber security awareness
  • Forensic applications and solutions
  • Governance and standards
  • Hacking, cracking and other technical challenges
  • ICT, critical infrastructure and society
  • Social aspects of critical infrastructure protection
  • ICT strategies from a holistic, peaceful, and humane perspective
  • ICT uses to prevent conflicts and contribute to peace
  • ICT uses from a military perspective
  • Legal, ethical and social issues related to information security
  • Promotion of democratic practices through ICT uses
  • Social networking
  • Socio-technical aspects of ICT uses in peace and war
  • Strategic information security
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Research and education on the impact of ICT in peace and war

While it is anticipated that this working group will build associations with other working groups in TC9, and possibly with working groups in TC11 or TC3, it is also feasible that it could become associated with work undertaken by such international and national associations as the International Telecommunications Union, United Nations and UNESCO.