Title

The Drone Dilemma

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

Mary Pettenger

Session Chair

Mark Henkels

Session Title

Politics, Policy & Administration Research posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mary Pettenger, Mark Henkels

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Rapid advancements in small-packaged affordable navigation systems has greatly expanded the capabilities and applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. Drones have tremendous potential to enhance civil service capabilities, bolster military and homeland security efforts, and provide an exciting and affordable platform for hobby enthusiasts. However, the vast scope and spectrum of drone technology has created an urgent need to implement rules and regulations for the protection of public safety and civil liberties. The “Drone Dilemma” examines the brief history of drones, current policies, and moral and ethical implications of drone warfare. As this technology continues to outpace our understanding of its boundaries, we must carefully balance both the benefits and costs of this emerging platform. How will law enforcement agencies effectively use drones to enhance public safety without impinging on privacy and freedom? Finally, according to recent polls, Americans generally support the use of drones for hunter-kill missions on foreign soil, is the domestic use of weaponized drones simply inevitable?

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May 31st, 1:00 PM May 31st, 3:00 PM

The Drone Dilemma

WUC Summit

Rapid advancements in small-packaged affordable navigation systems has greatly expanded the capabilities and applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. Drones have tremendous potential to enhance civil service capabilities, bolster military and homeland security efforts, and provide an exciting and affordable platform for hobby enthusiasts. However, the vast scope and spectrum of drone technology has created an urgent need to implement rules and regulations for the protection of public safety and civil liberties. The “Drone Dilemma” examines the brief history of drones, current policies, and moral and ethical implications of drone warfare. As this technology continues to outpace our understanding of its boundaries, we must carefully balance both the benefits and costs of this emerging platform. How will law enforcement agencies effectively use drones to enhance public safety without impinging on privacy and freedom? Finally, according to recent polls, Americans generally support the use of drones for hunter-kill missions on foreign soil, is the domestic use of weaponized drones simply inevitable?