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The Good Drone

By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

© 2017 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

While the military use of drones has been the subject of much scrutiny, the use of drones for humanitarian purposes has so far received little attention. As the starting point for this study, it is argued that the prospect of using drones for humanitarian and other life-saving activities has produced an alternative discourse on drones, dedicated to developing and publicizing the endless possibilities that drones have for "doing good". Furthermore, it is suggested that the Good Drone narrative has been appropriated back into the drone warfare discourse, as a strategy to make war "more human".

This book explores the role of the Good Drone as an organizing narrative for political projects, technology development and humanitarian action. Its contribution to the debate is to take stock of the multiple logics and rationales according to which drones are "good", with a primary objective to initiate a critical conversation about the political currency of "good". This study recognizes the many possibilities for the use of drones and takes these possibilities seriously by critically examining the difference the drones' functionalities can make, but also what difference the presence of drones themselves – as unmanned and flying objects – make. Discussed and analysed are the implications for the drone industry, user communities, and the areas of crisis where drones are deployed.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

What Does It Take to Be Good?

Chapter 1: Susanne Krasmann

Targeted ‘Killer Drones’ and the Humanitarian Discourse: On a Liaison

Chapter 2: John Karlsrud and Frederik Rosén

Lifting the Fog of War? Opportunities and Challenges of Drones in UN Peace Operations

Chapter 3: Kristoffer Lidén and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Poison Pill or Cure-All: Drones and the Protection of Civilians

Chapter 4: Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Creating the EU Drone: Control, Sorting, and Search and Rescue at Sea

Chapter 5: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

The Public Order Drone: Proliferation and Disorder in Civil Airspace

Chapter 6: Brad Bolman

A Revolution in Agricultural Affairs: Dronoculture, Precision, Capital

Chapter 7: Serge Wich, Lorna Scott, and Lian Pin Koh

Wings for Wildlife: the use of Conservation Drones, challenges and opportunities

Chapter 8: Mareile Kaufmann

Drone/Body: the Drone’s Power to Sense and Construct Emergencies

About the Authors

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik is Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, and Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert is Senior Researcher at PRIO and the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. She holds a PhD from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, SciencesPo Paris.

About the Series

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs
This series examines the crucial ethical, legal and public policy questions arising from or exacerbated by the design, development and eventual adoption of new technologies across all related fields, from education and engineering to medicine and military affairs. The books revolve around two key themes: ¢ Moral issues in research, engineering and design ¢ Ethical, legal and political/policy issues in the use and regulation of Technology This series encourages submission of cutting-edge research monographs and edited collections with a particular focus on forward-looking ideas concerning innovative or as yet undeveloped technologies. Whilst there is an expectation that authors will be well grounded in philosophy, law or political science, consideration will be given to future-orientated works that cross these disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of the series editorial team offers the best possible examination of works that address the ’ethical, legal and social’ implications of emerging technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General