Drone Wars Library – Autonomy

| Autonomy | Civil use of drones | Civilian casualties | Drone pilots | Ethical issues | General overview |
| Israel and drones | Proliferation | Targeted Killing and Legal Issues | UK drone operations | US drone operations |


The push towards autonomous weapon systems is cause for great concern. While governments often publicly disassociate themselves from the notion of such systems, research and development work quietly continues. Drones are a particular area in which we are continuing to see greater autonomy come into play. Although there is a difference between ‘autonomous flight’ and an ‘autonomous weapon system’, the concepts are beginning to converge in the area of unmanned drones.

For much more information on autonomous weapons see Killer Robots Campaign


Key documents and articles

Aug 2014 Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official UN’s high representative for disarmament calls for pre-emptive ban on autonomous weapons
May 2014 Key areas for debate on autonomous weapons systems Memorandum from Article 36 written for the CCW Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
Nov 2013 UN: Nations Agree to Address ‘Killer Robots’ HRW reports UN agrees to investigate autonomous weapons
June 2013 UK says killer robots will not meet requirements of international law Article 36 reports on UK parliamentary debate on Lethal Autonomous Robotics
June 2013 Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur calls for pre-emptive ban on autonomous weaponry Guardian article on Christof Heyns report
April 2013 Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns Chrisof Heyns report to UN Human Rights Council on lethal autonomous weaponry
April 2013 Killer Robots: UK Government Policy on Fully Autonomous Weapons Article 36 surveys UK government policy on autonomous weaponry
Nov 2012 Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots Human Rights Watch briefing on fully


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