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Drone Controversies: Ethical and Legal Debates Surrounding Targeted Strikes and Electronic Surveillance
By: Sara M. Smyth, Ph.D.
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This book examines the legal implications of employing drones, which are flown autonomously, or by remote control, without a pilot onboard. For a small fraction of the price of an airplane or helicopter, drones can fly through hazardous areas without risking human lives, provide detailed information about people and things far below, and flutter past traffic jams to deliver packages on time. It is estimated that by the year 2020, as many as 30,000 drones will be occupying national airspace in the United States alone. This is one of the only books to date that considers the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of drones by government, industry, and individuals within the United States. It provides up-to-date information about the current domestic and international regulatory framework governing the private and public use of drones for military, commercial and recreational purposes.
About the Author
Dr. Sara M. Smyth is an Associate Professor at LaTrobe Law School in Melbourne, Australia where she teaches cyber-security law. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University's Faculty of Law in Melbourne. In 2015, she was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. She was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and the Director of the Canadian Program in Law at Bond University, Australia from 2012 through 2016. She received a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2008); an LL.M. from the University of Toronto (2005); and a J.D. from the University of Victoria, Canada (2001). Dr. Smyth also served as a law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and practiced law in Vancouver. She has consulted extensively to Public Safety Canada and written a number of books including Cybercrime in Canadian Criminal Law (Second Edition, 2015). She has also presented widely at conferences in North America, Europe and Asia, including the U.S. Department of Defense Cybercrime Conference (2009 and 2010). From 2009 until 2012, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University where she taught cybercrime courses and was the Associate Director for the International Cybercrime Research Centre.