Five country security summit calls for tech companies to prioritise public protection

Tech companies have been advised to prioritise the protection of their users and the wider public when designing services, the UK and international security partners have warned. In a meeting which focused on ‘emerging threats’, a theme which included drones as a category, senior ministers from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to work together with industry to tackle a range of security threats. Newly-appointed home secretary Priti Patel joined the other representatives at the 2-day summit, known as the Five Country Ministerial. In a statement released on the Government’s website, the Home
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Dr Anna Jackman appointed as Specialist Adviser for House of Commons drone inquiry

Dr Anna Jackman has been appointed as Specialist Adviser to The Science and Technology Committee in the House of Commons for its drone inquiry into commercial and recreational use in the UK. The inquiry will look at the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK. The drone inquiry reports: “Drones have had a range of positive impacts across a variety of industries, from commercial photography and aerial surveying, through to crop spraying and parcel delivery. “ It goes on: “However, following increased recreational popularity, there have been several suspected drone
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MoD launches £2m competition to counter drone threat

The Ministry of Defence has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the threats posed by UAS. Organised by DASA, the Defence and Security Accelerator, it is seeking robust and cost-effective next-gen solutions. It is part of a move from the MoD which is looking to develop new defensive capabilities which draw upon autonomous decision-making mechanisms and networked sensing systems to detect, track, identify and defeat hostile UAS. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As the security threats from hostile drones are evolving at pace, it’s critical that our armed forces benefit from the very latest technology to stay ahead.”
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