The expansion of broadband and satellite Internet, the use of machine learning, big data analytics, Internet of Things, e-commerce – these areas have been determining business development directions around the world for quite some time. Only two of the world’s top ten most expensive companies are not directly related to technology. The technology and telecommunications sectors account for more than 40% of the top one hundred most successful technology companies. While the economy easily adapts to the trends and dynamics of technological development, the social aspect of our lives, which is equally important, cannot always fully respond to the challenges of the digital age. How can we maintain privacy in the digital age? Is it possible to avoid sharing your personal data and information when using services and apps? How do we ensure that different kind of actors do not constantly monitor us in order to assess our loyalty, and they do not exploit our biometric data? Surprisingly, we voluntarily give away the majority of this information to different actors without even realizing it.
The issue of digital behavior standards, frameworks, and norms appears to be rather hazy. There is no international human rights convention on the Internet or digital rights, nor are there UN standards for the creation and use of robots for example. However, what is universal on this issue, in most countries around the world today, goes back nearly 70 years ago:
The BorderUAS project’s large team is working on various components and sensors of the beyond state-of-the-art technologies including the unmanned aerial vehicle itself. However, it is critical that human rights and ethical issues will come to the front, as we work toward the common goal of using unmanned technologies to ensure security and the rule of law at EU borders. The main documents that define the framework for work in this area are the and the EU’s Horizon 2020 program’s ethical research principles. As such during the lifecycle of this project the consortium has set as a high priority to comply with all relevant frameworks and regulations regarding ethics and privacy protection. The ultimate goal, after all, is through research to provide means and ways for efficient surveillance of EU external borders, respecting human rights, offering a safer life to every individual.