To explore the pros and cons of unmanned aerial vehicles and systems.
Jai Galliot, "Uninhabited systems in the civilian realm: Some ethical concerns", IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Summer 2012, pp. 13-16.
R. Sparrow, “Just say 'no' to drones,” IEEE Technology & Society Magazine. 31(1), 2012, pp. 25–29.
The data will be collected through a one day public consultation in Australia and Canada. Stakeholders at the public consultation will include members from up and down the UAV/UAS value-chain. Stakeholders are any persons, groups, organisations that can be affected by the introduction of UAVs. Operational stakeholders can be defined as those entities that contribute to the development of UAVs, and even a civilian/organisation who uses UAVs for evidence gathering. Non-operational stakeholders are equally critical to the discussion incorporating representation from NGOs, government entities and commissions, the media etc.
Stakeholders will be brought together to discuss three main areas:
- UAVs for good
- UAVs for bad
- Policy solutions
Each topic area will be preceded by a presentation by a discussant who will introduce the audience to the broad topic.
The unstructured open forums will be moderated by a facilitator who will maintain equity in contribution and representation by participants from varying lifeworlds.
A post-consultation survey will be distributed to participants eliciting both open and closed questions.
The unstructured forums will be audio recorded, transcribed in full, and then analysed using qualitative analysis.
Data gathered from the Canadian public consultation (30 June 2013) will be analysed separately to that of the Australian public consultation (7 November 2013). The findings of each will then be compared and contrasted.