The following Campaign to Stop Killer Robots representatives can discuss technical, legal, ethical, operational, and other concerns over fully autonomous weapons as well as explain why an international ban treaty is needed and what it will take to get there. Hi-res photographs of campaign spokespersons are available on Flickr. Most spokespersons are on Twitter (list).
Ms. Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate
Nobel Women’s Initiative, @JodyWilliams97 @NobelWomen
Ms. Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to erdicate landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize. In 2006, Jody established the Nobel Women’s Initiative together with five of her sister Nobel Peace laureates. In March 2013, the University of California Press published her memoir entitled My Name is Jody Williams. Longer biography.
Mr. Steve Goose, Arms Expert
Human Rights Watch, @SteveDGoose @hrw
Mr. Goose is executive director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition. Goose and Human Rights Watch were instrumental in bringing about the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, the 1995 CCW protocol banning blinding lasers, and the 2003 protocol on explosive remnants of war. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1993, Mr. Goose worked as a staff member of the House Appropriations Committee and as a researcher for the Center for Defense Information. Longer biography.
Prof. Noel Sharkey, Roboticist
International Committee for Robot Arms Control, @StopTheRobotWar @icracnet
Noel Sharkey is Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield. He is also co-founder and chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a group of experts concerned with the pressing dangers that military robots pose to peace and international security. Professor Sharkey is a journal editor and has written more than 150 academic articles and books on relevant areas of robotics, psychology, computer science and machine learning. Longer biography.
CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Ms. Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch, @marywareham @hrw
Ms. Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She was centrally involved in the processes that created the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Mine Ban Treaty, and works to ensure their universalization and implementation.
ETHICAL ASPECTS: Dr. Peter Asaro, International Committee for Robot Arms Control, @PeterAsaro @icracnet
Dr. Asaro is co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC). He is a philosopher of technology who has worked in Artificial Intelligence, neural networks, natural language processing and robot vision research. Asaro is an affiliate scholar of the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and director of Graduate Programs for the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. Longer biography.
LEGAL CONCERNS: Ms. Bonnie Docherty – Human Rights Watch, @hrw
Ms. Docherty is senior researcher in the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and also a lecturer on law and senior clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School. Docherty’s report Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots outlines how fully autonomous weapons could violate the laws of war and undermine fundamental protections for civilians. See also: http://bit.ly/103PV4t
POLICY MATTERS: Mr. Richard Moyes, Article 36, @rjmoyes @article36
Mr. Moyes is a managing partner at Article 36 and an honorary fellow at the University of Exeter. He was previously director of policy at Action on Armed Violence (formerly Landmine Action) and served as co-chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition. See also: http://bit.ly/103SAuS
TECHNICAL: Dr. Jürgen Altmann, International Committee for Robot Arms Control @icracnet
Dr. Altmann is co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC). He is a physicist and peace researcher at Dortmund Technical University in Germany. Altmann has studied preventative arms control of new military technologies and new methods for the verification of disarmament regimes.
CANADA: Mr. Paul Hannon, Mines Action Canada, @PCHannon @MinesActionCan
Mr. Hannon the executive director of Mines Action Canada (MAC) and has 15 years of collective experience in the Canadian development sector. Hannon can speak about civil society expectations of Canadian policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
EGYPT: Mr. Ayman Sorour, Human Rights and Mine Action Foundation/Protection
Mr. Sorour is founding executive director of Protection Against Armaments and Consequences, a NGO that works to address Egypt’s mine and unexploded ordnance problem. Sorour can discuss the campaign’s outreach to governments in the Middle East and North Africa, including Egypt. He speaks Arabic, English, and French.
GERMANY: Mr. Thomas Küchenmeister, Facing Finance, @FacingFinance
Mr. Küchenmeister is coordinator of the Berlin-based Facing Finance, a nonprofit organization that encourages investors to withdraw financial support from companies involved in human rights abuses, environmental pollution, corruption, and/or production of controversial weapons. He can speak about civil society expectations of Germany’s policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
ITALY: Mr. Francesco Vignarca, Rete Disarmo (Italian Network on Disarmament), @kkvignarca @
Mr. Vignarca is coordinator of the Italian Network on Disarmament, a national network of more than two dozen non-governmental organizations working to advance humanitarian disarmament. Vignarca and his colleague Giuseppe Schiavello can speak about civil society expectations of Italy’s policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
JAPAN: Ms. Yukie Osa, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan @aarjapan
Ms. Yukie Osa is the president of Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), one of the country’s largest non-governmental organizations involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She joined AAR Japan as a volunteer in 1990, became a full-time staff member the following year, and has served in a number of positions for the organization, participating in emergency assistance operations and mine action and victim assistance projects. She has a Master’s degree in political science from Waseda University, a PhD from University of Tokyo, and has been a professor at Rikkyo University Graduate School of Social Design Studies since 2009.
THE NETHERLANDS: Ms. Miriam Struyk, PAX, @PAXvoorvrede @miriamstruyk
Ms. Struyk is program director for security and disarmament at PAX (formerly IKV Pax Christi), a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. PAX is a Dutch peace organization working in partnership with human rights and peace NGOs in more than 20 conflict areas on a range of humanitarian disarmament issues. Ms. Struyk can speak about civil society expectations of the Netherlands on fully autonomous weapons and of European nations more generally.
NEW ZEALAND: Ms. Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa
Ms. Hughes coordinates Peace Movement Aotearoa, which is serving as the Aotearoa New Zealand contact point for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Hughes can speak about civil society expectations of New Zealand’s policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
NORWAY: Mr. Alexander Harang, Norwegian Peace Association, @Fredslaget, @alexanderharang
Mr. Harang is director of the Norwegian Peace Association or “Fredslaget,” Norway’s oldest and largest peace organization, and has experience working with conflict transformation, peace education and arms trade. He can speak about civil society expectations of Norway on fully autonomous weapons.
PAKISTAN: Mr. Raza Shah Khan, SPADO
Mr. Khan is executive director of Sustainable Peace & Development Organization (SPADO), a Pakistani sustainable development organization. He is the South Asia representative of International Peace Bureau and has conducted research on small arms, landmines, and explosive remnants of war. Languages: Urdu, Pashto
SWEDEN: Ms. Sofia Tuvestad, WILPF Sweden, @ikff_sverige, @Sofia_Tuvestad
Ms. Sofia Tuvestad is advocacy officer with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Sweden, a NGO working to advance peace and disarmament in Sweden and internationally. She can speak about civil society expectations of Sweden on fully autonomous weapons.
UNITED KINGDOM: Mr. Thomas Nash, Article 36, @Article36, @nashthomas
Mr. Nash is director of Article 36 and joint coordinator of the International Network on Explosive Weapons. As coordinator of the Cluster Munition Coalition from 2004 to 2011, he led the global civil society efforts to secure the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Mr. Nash can speak about civil society expectations of UK policy, practice, and diplomacy on fully autonomous weapons.
Please contact the campaign’s media team to arrange an interview:
- In Washington DC: Ms. Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch, Tel. +1-646-203-8292, wareham[@]hrw.org, @marywareham
- In New York: Dr. Peter Asaro, ICRAC, Tel. +1-217-409-1004, peterasaro[@]gmail.com, @peterasaro
- In London: Mr. Thomas Nash, Article 36, Tel. +1-44-7711-926-730, thomas[@]article36.org, @nashthomas
- In Utrecht: Ms. Miriam Struyk, PAX, +31-6-48-98-14-93, Struyk[@]paxforpeace.nl, @miriamstruyk