In this project, DSI researchers aim to develop evidence-based knowledge around the prevailing perceptions about, and the divergent attitudes toward, urban use of drones, to raise awareness of the ethical and social implications related to the deployment of high-impact technologies more broadly.
The increasing demands and high potentials of drones used in urban settings touch upon a number of ethical and social issues. This project sets out to examine the ethical risks associated with urban drones, the regulatory frameworks within which they operate, and the societal acceptance of their deployment at scale, in the Swiss context. Project partners include leading industry members, Canton of Zurich, Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and the Geneva Center of Humanitarian Studies. The project is funded by the UZH Strategic Partnership Program, the UZH Digital Society Initiative, and the UZH Alumni Fund.