Drones in land border missions: Benefits and accountability concerns

Boris Shishkov, Stefan Hristozov, Marijn Janssen, Jeroen Van Den Hoven

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Drone technology can potentially be useful for land-borer security - unmanned drone missions could be performed in the sky, supported by embedded sensors and data processing. Algorithmic rules can be incorporated in the drone software to make instant decisions, whereas other decisions might be made on the ground on the basis of monitoring data received from the drone. This allows for achieving context-awareness: the operation of the drone depends on the situation at hand. The mix of algorithmic and human decision-making distributed over many components raises questions that concern accountability - who would be responsible in case of an accident or a 'wrong doing': the hardware or software developers, the ground station managers, the law (regulations) makers, or the ones who have decided to use drones in the particular situation? In the current work we analyze the usability of drones with regard to land border security, featuring benefits and corresponding accountability concerns. To achieve this, we have studied drone technology and in particular: the technical features as well as the corresponding actor-roles and relationships, considering a land-border-security-related application scenario. On that basis we have carried out an analysis from an accountability perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICTRS 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Telecommunications and Remote Sensing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
VolumePart F132204
ISBN (Electronic)9781450363648
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event6th International Conference on Telecommunications and Remote Sensing, ICTRS 2017 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Nov 20177 Nov 2017


Conference6th International Conference on Telecommunications and Remote Sensing, ICTRS 2017


  • Accountability
  • Drone technology
  • Land border security
  • Public values
  • Value tensions

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