a.k.a. cyberwar, information warfare
A term that refers to the spread of low-intensity conflict, crime, and activism waged by "networked" individuals. Typical "netwar" individuals might include transnational terrorists, criminal organizations, activist groups, and social movements that employ decentralized, flexible networks (such as the Internet) to communicate and share information.
Coined by RAND researchers John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, the corresponding term "cyberwar" is used to describe high-intensity information age conflicts. For more information, download the PDF below!
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon
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