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Drones: Foreseeing a 'risky' business?Policing the challenge that flies above

Sarah Jane Fox

Technology in Society, 2022, vol. 71, issue C

Abstract: Drones are one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. They have the ability to do so much good, but history and the military legacy of airborne vehicles serves as an indicator of the potential risk to society that drones also present. This paper combines a law/policy, socio-legal approach that considers the history of technology that flies above society and invariably the linkage to warfare. Discussion is given to technological advancements alongside anticipatory measures and governance approaches that need to be factored in prior to unleashing certain technologies on society. This includes the means of policing drones alongside the police use of drones. Case studies are included to contextualise the use and misuse of drones as part of the conclusion. The findings are that drones are set to be a massive challenge and that there has been a lack of foresight, despite warnings, predictions and historical lessons which should have served as a premonitory indicator of the safety/security risks of drones. Ultimately, more protection is needed before the benefits of drones to society can be realised.

Keywords: Drones; Warfare; Risk; Police/policing; Governance; Evolution/revolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.102089

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