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What's that flying above my head?

Schierjott, L. (2019) What's that flying above my head?

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Abstract:Drones are nowadays not only used in the military sector, by governments, by companies or as a toy but are more and more implemented into society as an exchange for mundane activities like delivering food. This study examines in how far trust, privacy concern and perceived control play a role in the acceptance of surveillance drones in different environments. Participants were put into different virtual reality environments and a virtual app which provided additional information about the usage of drones. Participants were confronted with a drone flying above their head either at a festival, a business area or at a park. They received a neutral message on the app above the usage of drones or an informative one. Results show that participants were more likely to accept drones as surveillance in a festival than at a business area or park and more likely to accept it at a business area than a park. Further analysis indicated that the perception of transparency has an influence on the level of trust that people have, which then has influence on the acceptance of drones as a mean of surveillance. These findings support earlier done studies as well as the importance trust between government and public has on the acceptance of surveillance drones.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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