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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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RAF drone pilots to get their own wings

RAF drone pilots to get their own wings | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
Air force chief Stephen Dalton says new badges for remotely controlled UAVs recognises service's increasing reliance on them.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Dalton said unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be essential for the RAF and argued the service also had to look to space as another "new fertile ground for intellectual and technical development".

"With our partners we are seeking to exploit the military opportunities which technology can provide and to fully embrace the remotely piloted air systems potential," he told the thinktank.

"Their persistence, their sensors, the lethal precision of their weapons all contribute to a complementary and cost‑effective way to conduct warfare where operational threats and environments permit."

In recognition of the growing importance of remotely piloted air systems (RPAS), and the skill, complexity and professionalism needed to operate them, those who flew the aircraft would have their own badge, Dalton said.
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Great images but do drones invade privacy

Great images but do drones invade privacy | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

As drone cameras produce ever-more spectacular footage, there are concerns the remote-controlled mini-aircraft might be used to invade people's privacy.


The BBC's Colin Paterson has been taking a look at some of the images - and finding out why there are calls for legislation.


see video at BBC

06 Dec 2012

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UK leads civilian drones charge

UK leads civilian drones charge | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The "Pandora's box" of unmanned aircraft in the UK's sky is open, say participants in a project to tackle the technological and social aspects of the craft.


Unmanned aircraft or UAs is something of a new name for drones, which have gained notoriety principally in the theatre of war where remotely operated aircraft are used for surveillance or air strikes.


But the same technology put to use for civilian purposes is already a hot topic of debate in the UK and abroad, most recently surrounding their use by London's Metropolitan Police. (...)


Chris Elliot, an aerospace engineer and barrister, is acting as consultant to the project. He told reporters that the licensing and privacy questions were points "to debate, not to pontificate".


"We have a very robust privacy regime now for aviation, and I don't see much very different. A lot of it comes down to what society thinks is acceptable," he said.


"I find it interesting that Google has got away with its [Streetview] because we love Google and we all use it. If this technology positioned to something that is good for us, that we like, then people will accept that kind of behaviour.

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Drones 'to target illegal hunting'

Drones 'to target illegal hunting' | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
An anti-hunting group says it plans to use remote control aircraft in a bid to gather evidence of hunts breaking the law.

 

Chief executive at the League Against Cruel Sports, Joe Duckworth, said: "There is a war in the countryside and whilst there are still individuals determined to flout the law and seek new ways to avoid detection, the league will continue to explore safe, tested and innovative technology to further our charitable aim of ending cruelty to animals in the name of sport."

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Britain’s ‘under-trained’ drone pilots create ‘significant risks’

Britain’s ‘under-trained’ drone pilots create ‘significant risks’ | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
Badly trained pilots are creating “significant risks” to Britain’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) programme, a military investigation has found.

A probe by the Military Aviation Authority found that “increasing demands” on drones used for surveillance and intelligence-gathering were “constraining the length of time available to train and qualify” new pilots, according to extracts printed in Tuesday’s Times.

MPs are due to debate the country’s involvement in drone warfare later Tuesday and Labour plans to push the government over whether unmanned aircraft will be deployed to kill terrorist suspects.

“We must clarify the rules, given the significance and spread of the technology,” shadow armed forces minister Kevan Jones will say, according to the Times.

“Whether valid or not, there is a public perception that unmanned technology is shrouded in secrecy, which increases the potential for its demonisation.

“Being open about usage and codifying our policy would help confront this, and would increase accountability and transparency in the system,” he will add.

The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
11 Dec 2012
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UAVs in civilian airspace moves closer - News - Shephard

UAVs in civilian airspace moves closer - News - Shephard | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

A new strategic partnership between the UK’s National Aeronautical Centre (NAC) and Oklahoma State University’s Multispectral Laboratory (UML) could pave the way for the use of UAVs in civilian airspace. The partnership, announced on 22 November, aims to provide data and experience necessary to establish national safety standards for the construction, testing and control of civilian UAS that will enable them to operate in civilian airspace under regulated conditions (...)


Ray Mann, managing director of West Wales Airport said: ‘This is an extremely important development that will deliver many benefits, as well as maintaining both our facilities at the leading edge of this burgeoning sector of aerospace. I am very pleased this special working relationship has been created with Oklahoma and believe our experiences at the NAC will be a major contribution to our work together.

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