Security in the digital age

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The digital revolution changes the traditional security discourse and forces us to re-assess basic concepts of security policy, such as deterrence and arms control. We want to understand the impact of digitization on 21st century weapon technology, on open and covert warfare, on surveillance and on data processing by policy, intelligence or the military. The focus of this dossier lies in the implications of digital security on international law, democratic values and human rights.

Autonomous Weapon Systems

A Transatlantic Conversation on Drone Policy

Armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — have become a central pillar of the United States’ counterterrorism strategy. A number of European actors have expressed growing concern regarding the lack of transparency, accountability, and clarity surrounding the U.S. drone program. Read the joint conference report by hbs and the Stimson Center on this pressing issue here. 

Autonomy in Weapon Systems

The future international security landscape will be critically impacted by the military use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Meaningful human control over weapon systems and the use of force must be retained.