Colonel (ret.) Gary P. Corn is program director and adjunct professor, Tech, Law, and Security Program, Washington College of Law; senior fellow of national security and cybersecurity, R Street Institute; and founder of Jus Novus Consulting. Corn previously served as staff judge advocate for US Cyber Command and as deputy legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Digital Revolution and the evolution of the information environment have ushered in an unprecedented era of information conflict, with revisionist states using hostile, disinformation-based influence campaigns to subvert democratic governance and the rule of law. International law has struggled to keep pace. This essay argues for an interpretation of international law that would consider strategic, covert deception as a form of prohibited coercion in violation of the rule of nonintervention.