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ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

Back in 2015, one week before the second informal meeting of experts at the CCW in Geneva, ICRAC released a leaflet with a succinct list of the ten most pressing  issues for global security raised by autonomous weapon systems: LAWS – 10 Problems for Global Security. The original announcement is below, and with the CCW’s […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On April 12, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Click here to read this post in braille ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW […]

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ICRAC at the 2016 UN CCW informal experts meeting on LAWS

Click here to read this post in braille The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold its third informal experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on 11-15 April 2016. Learn more about the the objectives and purpose of this multilateral meeting from the list of frequently […]

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ICRAC and the responsible robotics revolution

Click here to read this post in braille ICRAC works for the regulation of robotic weapon systems and is committed to the peaceful use of robotic technology. To further pursue this latter goal, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey co-founded the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. In a recently published piece on Research Fortnight, Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe […]

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New ICRAC Video on Peaceful Uses of Robotics and Banning LAWS

Stop the Killer Robots from Kamille Rodriguez on Vimeo. The video explains that a ban on killer robots would not have negative impacts on the development of other robotics applications and research. It was created for ICRAC by digital animation artist Kamille Rodriguez: http://www.kamillerodriguez.com/

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New ICRAC Podcast series launched

Today sees the launch of the official ICRAC Podcast series. The first couple of episodes were recorded at the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting of experts hosted at the United Nations in Geneva between April 13 and 17 2015. This was a discussion of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), the CCW term for ‘Killer Robots’. […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

Click here to read this post in braille On April 17th, ICRAC’s Dr. Matthew Bolton delivered the following closing statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. ICRAC Closing Statement to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts at the United Nations in Geneva Thank you Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished […]

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ICRAC second statement on Overarching Issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

Click here to read this post in braille On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. Thank you Mr. Chair. In response to China’s question, a number of security experts have pointed to the danger of mass attack by conventional […]

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ICRAC statement on Overarching issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

Click here to read this post in braille On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Guglielmo Tamburrini delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. I wish to thank on behalf of ICRAC the Chair of the CCW expert meeting for setting up and coordinating such a rich and […]

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ICRAC’s statement on Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy.

Click here to read this post in braille On Wednesday April 15, ICRAC’s Dr. Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva on Panel Challenges to IHL due to increasing degrees of autonomy. Statement from the International Committee for Robot Arms Control: On Panel Challenges to IHL […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

Click here to read this post in braille. This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). On Monday April 13, ICRAC guest Dr. Mark A. Gubrud delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. International Committee for Robot Arms Control opening statement to the Convention on Conventional […]

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Our robotic future: The hopes and worries of 10 year old Bethany

Click here to read this post in braille Ten year old Bethany Clifford-Tait is concerned about a future that includes autonomous weapons systems aka ‘killer robots’. Such were her worries that she wrote to the producers of the oldest and most popular BBC children’s programme Blue Peter to ask them to spread the word to […]

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ICRAC welcomes UN CCW decision for 2015 Expert Meeting on LAWS

ICRAC welcomes the decision by the 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting to keep discussing “lethal autonomous weapon systems” (LAWS). From the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Website: The decision is an important acknowledgement of the legal, technical, ethical, operational, and societal concerns that have been raised. The broad consensus expressed for continuing the talks shows […]

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ICRAC opening statement to 2014 UN CCW High Contracting Parties Meeting

On November 13, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey delivered the following statement to the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from November 13 to November 14 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. I am speaking on behalf of the International Committee for […]

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The Campaign and the Media

On Monday, October 20th, The School of Media Studies at The New School hosted a discussion chaired by ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch, looking at the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the involvement of ICRAC and many other NGOs worldwide and […]

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ICRAC’s new mission statement

After having fulfilled ICRAC’s founding mission declared in September 2009, ICRAC members have updated their mission  statement in July 2014. The new, 2014 Mission Statement reads as follows: Declared July 2014, updating the Original Mission Statement in light of ICRAC’s 2009 call to commence a discussion about robot arms control having been heard. Given the […]

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ICRAC’s world leading female experts

Following on from the recent CCW informal meeting of experts at the UN in Geneva there has been considerable outcry about the total absence of women being invited to participate as experts. Nobel Peace Laureat Jody Williams led the charge at the meeting by pointing out the large number of relevant female experts that she […]

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ICRAC celebrates successful fulfillment of its 2009 mission

ICRAC is pleased to announce that it has fulfilled the first part of its founding mission statement declared in September 2009 at Sheffield by founding members Juergen Altmann, Peter Asaro, Noel Sharkey and Rob Sparrow. Given the rapid pace of development of military robotics and the pressing dangers that these pose to peace and international […]

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 16, ICRAC’s Frank Sauer delivered the following closing statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Closing statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting […]

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ICRAC statement on operational issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on operational issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Operational statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s David Akerson delivered the following statement, ICRAC’s second statement on legal issues, to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]

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ICRAC statement on legal issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 15, ICRAC’s Heather Roff delivered the following statement on legal issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Legal statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC statement on technical issues to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 14, ICRAC’s Denise Garcia delivered the following statement on technical issues to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Technical statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional […]

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2014 UN CCW Expert Meeting

On May 13, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from May 13 to May 16 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Opening statement by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Convention on Conventional Weapons Meeting of […]

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The Road to Geneva: ICRAC and the Campaign headed to CCW Expert Meeting

In its 2009 mission statement, ICRAC urgently called upon the international community to commence a discussion about arms control in the realm of military robotics. Thanks to the work of NGOs forming the “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots” coalition, a coalition that is constantly growing since April 2013 and of which ICRAC is one of […]

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