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The United Nations (UN) has confirmed that a Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems will proceed to be held on 21-25 September. This will be the first diplomatic meeting on killer robots since August 2019 and ninth since 2014. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of CCW meetings on killer Read more...
Aug. 12, 2020
Since the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots participated in the World Scout Jamboree in July 2019, we have received multiple requests from children and young people asking for information on the killer robots threat as well as how to help the Campaign. In response, the Campaign staff team are producing new resources, holding consultations with Read more...
In July 2020, the Campaign hosted an event at “RightsCon,” the preeminent annual gathering of activists and others working for human rights in the digital age. This was the Campaign’s first participation at RightsCon and it certainly won’t be our last. Originally scheduled to be held in Costa Rica, the 2020 RightsCon was transformed into Read more...
Dec. 10, 2019
2019 may be bringing the decade to a close, but for movement building within the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots it was only the beginning. This year saw exponential growth within our coalition – in terms of supporters, members, events, and advocacy activities. Our community of campaigners, activists, peacebuilders, and influencers spans borders, and our Read more...
Public support for a ban on killer robots continues to grow, confirming a need for urgent action by European states to negotiate a new treaty to retain meaningful human control. A poll of ten European countries conducted by YouGov in October 2019, commissioned by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, found that seven in ten Read more...
What happens when you bring 75 youth passionate about disarmament affairs to New York, introduce them to experts in the field, and put them together on a…ship? Just a regular day for Peace Boat, who held “Youth Champions for Securing our Common Future” on 11 October and invited the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots along. Read more...
Yet again, a small group of military powers have shown an appalling lack of ambition and zero sense of urgency for achieving a meaningful result from the diplomatic talks on lethal autonomous weapons systems. Many of the 90 states participating in this week’s United Nations meeting on these weapons expressed their firm desire to move Read more...
A provisional agreement reached on 20 February 2019 would prohibit the new European Defence Fund (EDF) from investing in the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. The partial political agreement now must be formally approved by the European Parliament and Council. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots welcomes the agreement as an Read more...
Public opinion is in line with the Campaign’s call for action to prevent the development of killer robots. It’s time to negotiate a treaty to prohibit fully autonomous weapons. The survey of 26 countries was conducted in December 2018 by the market research company Ipsos and commissioned by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. It Read more...
A group of more than 4,000 anonymous Google employees has fittingly been named 2018 “Arms Control Person of the Year” for their role in helping the company to end a military contract that raised ethical and other concerns over the appropriate use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots applauds Read more...
This round-up looks at recent parliamentary actions in Europe in support of the call to ban fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems. These initiatives provide more evidence of the growing support for starting negotiations on a new international treaty now. States will convene at the UN in Geneva on 27 August for Read more...
On Tuesday, 15 July, Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) convened a “special briefing on killer robots” to discuss issues surrounding the development and use of fully autonomous lethal weapons. Roughly 65 people attended the briefing held in the Cannon House Office Building of the US Capitol from various Congressional offices as well as from the State Department Read more...