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The Ring of Gyges

Anonymity and Technological Advance’s Effect on the Deterrence of Nonstate Actors in 2035

Lt Col David R. Iverson, USAF
2012, 70 pages
Cost: $0, AU Press Code: MP-70



From the time of Plato, men have pondered how an individual would act if they were unidentifiable or anonymous. In The Republic, Plato used the story of Gyges of Lydia, who found a ring in a cave and put it upon his finger to become invisible to show how a man would act when he believed himself to be anonymous. Gyges used the ring to take over a kingdom becoming the first in a long history of men who altered their actions when they believed themselves to be unidentifiable.


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