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Accountability for the use of war algorithmic systems: an undeniable loss of all regulatory options? : A comparative content analysis of accountability for the use of AI technologies in warfare.

Daugalies, Selina (2020) Accountability for the use of war algorithmic systems: an undeniable loss of all regulatory options? : A comparative content analysis of accountability for the use of AI technologies in warfare.

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Abstract:In light of the growing international competition for new technologies and their implementation in warfare, this thesis examines existing accountability relationships for the use of war algorith-mic systems. By combining established theories on accountability and algorithms this thesis gen-erates the first understanding of war algorithmic accountability to analyze and compare three incidents in which an armed unmanned aviation vehicle was used to assassinate targets. The focus here is laid on the behavior of the French, British, and US governments after the critical drone strike to assess the extent to which accountability for the measures taken was met. Using content analysis, the collected data, consisting of official government documents, speeches, guidelines, and news articles, was analyzed to extract the existing accountability relationship for each case. The analysis revealed unsatisfactory government behavior that hindered the estab-lishment of a full accountability relationship in all three cases. This contrasts with accountability as a democratic value for good governance. Based on these findings a strategy is developed to ensure greater accountability for the actions of warfare.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82284
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