Universities around the world are at risk of contributing, intentionally or by accident, to the development of lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots. In a new research project, PAX is starting a conversation with students, scientists and universities about how to deal with this risk.
Despite many issues concerning the use of armed drones, discussions are absent on the legal, ethical, and strategic aspects of using them. “While the EU is taking ambitious steps to improve defence cooperation and capabilities, it risks losing sight of sustainable solutions for security issues”, says Foeke Postma, senior program officer at PAX. “This becomes especially clear when looking at the EU’s development of armed drones.”
Turkey’s state-owned arms manufacturer produces the Kargu, a kamikaze drone that can select targets based on facial recognition. Some reports suggest Kargu will soon be deployed on the Turkish-Syrian theater. The 'Mini Harpy' from Israel can also independently detect, attack and destroy enemy targets.
Google and IBM aren't building lethal Autonomous Weapons; Amazon and Microsoft won't say
A new global report from PAX called Don’t be evil? surveys the international tech sector’s stance on lethal autonomous weapons. Microsoft and Amazon are named among the world's ‘highest risk’ tech companies that might be putting the world at risk through killer robot development, while Google leads the way among large tech companies putting proper safeguards in place.
Final Siege Watch report: Out of sight, out of mind: the Aftermath of Syria’s Sieges
The final Siege Watch report, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: the Aftermath of Syria’s Sieges,” published today, offers a summary of six years of sieges and considers the current needs of the victims.
PAX launches 'Crunch Time' today at the UN in Geneva. The report provides an overview of the positions of European states on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), also known as 'killer robots'. The report finds that there is a general agreement that there is a ‘red line’ beyond which increasing autonomy in weapons systems is no longer acceptable. European states also agree that there must be human control over the use of force and that there is a need to work towards concrete policy outcomes.
About 2.2 million Syrians, the vast majority of them civilians, have been forcibly moved to Idlib province during the course of the war in Syria, according to the 10th and final quarterly Siege Watch report, published today. That includes more than 110,000 people expelled after the forced surrender agreements of northern Homs countryside and various suburbs around Damascus, including Eastern Ghoutha, this past spring. For the second time in just a few months, these civilians are facing devastation.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots. The resolution stresses the importance of preventing the development and production of such weapon systems and calls for the start of negotiations on an international treaty that would prohibit lethal autonomous weapon systems. The adoption of this resolution sends a strong message to maintain human control over weapons systems.
“How long before we will see the first AK-47 version of an armed drone?” Wim Zwijnenburg of Dutch peace organisation PAX and one of the leading researchers connected with The European Forum on Armed Drones (EFAD ) warns that the threshold to employ armed drones becomes lower. He launched a report at the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Japan.
A group of concerned citizens in South Sudan warns that the situation in the country is likely to become even worse unless a genuine, inclusive political process can be started immediately. The group says South Sudan’s internal conflicts cannot be settled by war, but must be settled through political dialogue based on a shared vision for a peaceful future in which the South Sudanese are united in diversity. The Concerned Citizen’s Network for Peace (CCNP) therefore calls upon the wisdom of the leaders of all South Sudanese parties to act for the general good of all citizens.