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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

«We Live on Hope» – The Ethics of Using Drones in Post-Disaster Nepal

On the 25 June, from 7PM to 8PM CEST (UTC+2) Ning Wang will present and discuss online her work on the humanitarian use of drones in post-disaster Nepal. The talk is organized and hosted by the Swiss think tank Reatch.

Humanitarian organizations increasingly implement innovative technologies as they respond to the needs of communities affected by war, disaster or public health emergencies. However, technological innovation intersects with moral values, norms and commitments, and may challenge humanitarian imperatives. Therefore, an analysis of ethical issues associated with humanitarian innovation is a pressing need for understanding what is at stake and how best to move forward. Using drones as an exemplar case of humanitarian innovation, our research aims to answer three questions: 1) What is known about the interplay between technological innovation and ethical values, norms and commitments in the humanitarian use of drones? 2) How should the shared or disparate values of humanitarian stakeholders be interpreted and addressed in the development and deployment of drones? 3) What policies and guidance tools can best direct the integration of ethical values in humanitarian innovations?


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