Although drones are still in development, like all other surveillance, it is deeply ambiguous to many form of useage. The social benefits are clearly articulated by it’s potential challenges such as privacy, civil liberties, and human rights, which received comparatively little attention. While acknowledging the considerable scope for positive civilian exploitation of the capacities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or (UAVs), this poses as a threat focuses primarily on social, legal, and ethical challenges from the outset. Although drones are used for both military as well as domestic use, drones should be limited to a certain extent. One example of the use of unmanned aircraft in other countries that posed a threat to society was in the UK during President Barack Obama’s visit to England in April. In the UK threat of drone aircraft was so severe that it was banned from use across London and Windsor (“Police to Be given Powers to Ground Drones in UK Crackdown.
” ) . According to the measures announced in the Queen’s speech, the new legislation will put Britain “at the forefront of safe technology in autonomous vehicles, such as unmanned aerial vehicles and spacecraft” (“How drones are changing our lives: the good, the bad and the lazy”). Although they can be considered modern inventions and beneficial to everyday use, unmanned aerial vehicles are no longer operated solely by the military, but smaller versions are available for businesses and individuals for a variety of reasons. Although unmanned aerial vehicles enable the United States to pursue alleged terrorists throughout the world, aerial drone strikes frequently lead to significant collateral damage, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. Studies show that approximately 64 and 116 innocent civilians have been killed in erroneous drone strikes (Serle, Jack).
Aerial drone strikes also introduce the possibility of targeting and killing individuals who are not actually terrorists, which represents a second moral quandary. This problem differs from the question of collateral damage or loss of civilian lives because it involves killing the actual, intended target in a situation where the targets are not actually terrorists. In other words, what happens if the government relies on flawed intelligence and successfully kills a person who is actually innocent of any wrongdoing? (Serle, Jack).Another report that concerned the public was Richard Madeley’s case about drones. TV presenter Richard Madeley reported to the police two “peeping Toms” who were allegedly flying a drone over his garden to spy on him ( ‘The Day I Took on the Drone Invading My Personal Space’ .”). He told The Telegraph: “I would never dream of going out anywhere I might be photographed dressed like that – yet here, in my entirely private space, I was under surveillance, for who knows what purpose.
For me, this was a red line crossed.” The drone’s owner ?has denied spying on Madeley, but Madeley disagreed with the alleged statement. This poses as a problem because people can use these drones to stalk and spy on people. That would be an invasion of privacy by how there would be no regulations on it.Maritime biologists at Leatherback Trust, a non-profit organization, use drones to monitor sea turtles to reveal secrets about their behavior at sea. Swimming or swimming with a turtle is a tricky task, but the drone allows scientists to follow a long distance without distancing the turtle. Nathan Robinson, Site Leader at Leatherback Trust, says, “We’re trying to figure out where the sea turtles are nesting – usually walking up and down the beach for long periods of time.
“In South Africa, innocent drone aircraft have been deployed to track the poaching suspects to reduce the number of endangered rhinoceros. Small, lightweight UAVs can be fired by hand within minutes and can fly five miles for up to 90 minutes. Equipped with a high-resolution infrared camera, you can pick out elephants, rhinos and lions as well as people you can track.In conclusion there are many benefits and risks to using drones for surveillance and sousveillance. Especially with the use of drones since there is an open market for consumers to purchase without any limitations. Drones can be used for various things because of its versatile functions.
Social benefits of drones are clearly evident because of potential problems such as privacy, civil liberties and human rights. While recognizing a substantial range of civilian exploitation of the capacity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it focuses primarily on social, legal and ethical challenges. Drones are used both for military and home use, but drones should be limited to only military usage.