Humanitarian UAVs in conflict zones: Fears, concerns and opportunities

/ December 8, 2014

Patrick Meier and his research team at the Humanitarian UAV Network have compiled a list of fears and concerns expressed by humanitarians and others on the use of UAVs in humanitarian settings.

After reviewing more than 50 documents, privacy/data collection and transparency/consent topped the list of fears:

The full list, with references, is available in a Google Doc, here.

About the contributor

Tom started out writing and editing for newspapers, consultancies and think tanks on topics including politics and corruption in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, then moved into designing and managing election-related projects in countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Bolivia. After getting interested in what data and technology could add in those areas and elsewhere, he made a beeline for The Engine Room. Tom is trying to read all of the Internet, but mostly spends his time picking out useful resources and trends for organisations using technology in their work.

See Tom's Articles

Leave a Reply

Related /

/ June 1, 2022

Seven Essential Questions for Ethical War Crimes Documentation

/ May 24, 2022

How the use of biometrics in the humanitarian sector has the potential to put people at risk – an interview with Belkis Wille

/ February 11, 2020

NGOs embrace GDPR, but will it be used against them?