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Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets - YouTube

Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets - YouTube | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Epic is a word that gets thrown around way too often, but in the case of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests it is justified. Yesterday, Facebook user "Nero Chan" captured on camera 100,000 people standing up against China for their right to a representative government. His edited footage on Facebook already has over 800,000 views, and a longer, music-free version on Youtube has more than 225,000 views.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/01/have-you-seen-the-drone-footage-of-hong

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In Thailand, a Drone's Eye View of Protests

In Thailand, a Drone's Eye View of Protests | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
For the first time, widespread use of the tiny devices give an aerial perspective on Thailand’s deep civil unrest.

 

Thailand’s news media outlets have been increasingly using small, unmanned flying gadgets that give them a bird’s-eye view of the protests in the streets of their capital. As my colleague Thomas Fuller writes, the miniature drones have circulated videos of the battles, including one between riot police outside the prime minister’s office and protesters attacking the barricades.

 

This is the first time that drones have been used so widely during protests in Thailand, which is now in the throes of its deepest civil unrest in three years.

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Drones, Ethics, and the rising tide of U.S. Technological Imperialism

Drones, Ethics, and the rising tide of U.S. Technological Imperialism | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
Warfare is no stranger to world history. It has become a byproduct of life itself, though is becoming less of a presence as greater activities emerge, i.e. new developing markets, scientific research, and exponentially growing technologies.

 

 U.S. anti-war activists and stockholders of Boeing have joined forces in opposition to the company’s construction of drones being used for imperialist war mongering. In their show of opposition, they pointed out not only the thousands of lives being decimated as a result of drone strikes from Yemen to Afghanistan, but also the millions of dollars being wasted in the construction of these killer drones, rather than being spent on more important things like our education system.

 

Hundreds of U.K. citizens have taken up the cause against drone warfare as well. Recently over 600 activists came together and marched in opposition to what they deemed as “drone sharing” between the U.K. and U.S. governments and military. Not to mention opposition to their own govt’s role in drone strikes throughout the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

 

B. J. Murphy
Ethical Technology
Posted: May 3, 2013

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Critics object to Obama nominating ‘Mr. Drone’ John Brennan to CIA head | The Raw Story

Critics object to Obama nominating ‘Mr. Drone’ John Brennan to CIA head | The Raw Story | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The nomination of President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan to head the CIA has sparked outrage and concern about America’s growing drones programme and its use for targeted killings of suspected Islamic militants.


Brennan has been a key architect of drones policy under Obama and many experts believe that the use of the unmanned robot planes in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia is likely to increase if he becomes America’s top spy.


“If Brennan leads the CIA then you ain’t seen nothing yet. That troubles me greatly,” said Amos Guiora, a legal professor at the Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. (...)


Officially, the CIA still does not admit that its programme exists, but Brennan has been closely identified with promoting its use in the Obama administration. He has been dubbed “Mr Drone” in the media and has been the public face of the programme when it comes to arguing that its use is both legal and effective. In a speech last year at the Woodrow Wilson Center he said: “There is nothing in international law that bans the use of remotely piloted aircraft for this purpose or that prohibits us from using lethal force against our enemies outside of an active battlefield, at least when the country involved consents or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat.” (...)


“John Brennan has deliberately deceived the American public about the effects of these drone strikes, claiming they haven’t killed any civilians and refuses to acknowledge empirical evidence to the contrary,” said Leah Bolger, president of anti-war group Veterans for Peace. “The combat drone program is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, none of whom received any sort of due process; were citizens of a country with which we are not at war; and were murdered not as a result of military action, but by a civilian agency – the CIA,” she added. (...)


In the US the increased use of drones has given birth to a protest movement that has encompassed numerous groups all over the country. Anti-drone activists are now planning a major protest for Obama’s inauguration in Washington, DC, this month and also a month of actions in April aimed at military bases where drones are controlled, factories where they are made and universities where drone research is carried out. “More people are waking up to this,” said Nick Mottern, director of a group called Know Drones.


Paul Harris, The Gaurdian

10 Jan 2013

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Ukraine: dramatic drone footage captures battle for central Kiev square - video - YouTube

Aerial views filmed by a drone-mounted camera shows anti-government protesters in central Kiev on Wednesday morning. Russia has threatened to use its influence in Ukraine to bring the violence to an end, while the US has raised the likelihood on an imposition of sanctions in a possible bid to incentivise joining the EU

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Veterans For Peace to submit petition to ban drones

Veterans For Peace to submit petition to ban drones vtdigger.org Each of the signatories agreed with the petition statement requesting our congressional delegation to introduce or join in legislation to ban the use of armed drones by the CIA and the U.S. Military.

 

The petition presents the findings of the UK based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in January, 2013, which reports that in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia between 3,061 and 4,731 people have been killed by drones of which 558 to 1,126 were civilians. Four US citizens have also been killed three of whom were civilians.

 

Also included in the petition are the findings of a joint study conducted by Stanford University School of Law and the New York University Law School which concluded that drone strikes are not “surgically precise” as the government claims but, in fact, kill innocent people, terrorize civilians and facilitate the recruitment of non-state armed groups to conduct violent attacks.

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Activists launch campaign against ‘autonomous weapons’: Killer robots must be stopped

Activists launch campaign against ‘autonomous weapons’: Killer robots must be stopped | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the UK by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates.

Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next step from unmanned drones, are already being worked on by scientists and will be available within the decade, said Dr Noel Sharkey, a leading robotics and artificial intelligence expert and professor at Sheffield University. He believes that development of the weapons is taking place in an effectively unregulated environment, with little attention being paid to moral implications and international law.

 

The Stop the Killer Robots campaign will be launched in April at the House of Commons and includes many of the groups that successfully campaigned to have international action taken against cluster bombs and landmines. They hope to get a similar global treaty against autonomous weapons.

 

Tracy McVeigh, The Observer

24 Feb 2013

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Comment via Narrative Designer on Twitter:

 

@ddrrnt well that took a while. DOD has been talking publicly about autonomous war machines since at least 2005. Maybe people will wake up.

 

http://twitter.com/StephenDinehart/status/305857869528580096

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who's to blame for accidental death? manufacturer, software developer, victim.

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Infowars to hold Drone mob.

Infowars to hold Drone mob. | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The FAA might not be too happy with this event and neither might the makers of the X6 enjoy their platforms being used in promotional material. Looks from where I sit that Zilker Park lies underneath controlled airspace surrounding Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) There might be an arrangement allowing normal hobby RC aircraft to fly in the park, but of course UA fall outside of that remit.


sUAS News

Gary Morimer

01 Dec 2012

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Outcome : Hack and Resist 

Can we Hack a Drone before it 'Hacks' our Liberty on a Massive Scale? [InfoWars video]

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