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Future of war: drones, cyber warfare and space

Technological advances in warfare are under the spotlight at a free public seminar in Sydney next week.

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Cyber warfare seminar

Technological advances in warfare and challenges they pose for international humanitarian law will be the topics under the spotlight at a public seminar in Sydney next week.

In the 21st century, computer-controlled attacks can be launched from a computer in an office building thousands of miles away from their actual target. Are the people programming or controlling the drones legitimate combatants? Can the computer programmers and controllers claim prisoner of war status? Can cyber warfare and hacking fall foul of the laws of war? These questions and others will be discussed at Australian Red Cross' 'Drones, Cyber Warfare and Space' seminar on 22 August.

Seminar presenters will be space law expert Professor of International Law Steven Freeland and Dr Emily Crawford, an expert in drones and cyber warfare. The Humanitarian Law Perspectives 2012 event is presented in conjunction with King & Wood Mallesons.

Drones, Cyber Warfare and Space: The Evolution of the Battlefield
PwC, Darling Park Tower 2, 201 Sussex St, Sydney NSW [map]
Wednesday 22 August, 6pm for 6.30pm until 8pm
Bookings are essential. RSVP to or 02 9229 4294

Australian Red Cross has a mandate under the Geneva Conventions to promote an understanding of, and respect for, international humanitarian law, or the laws of armed conflict. These laws aim to restrict the way wars are fought and protect those not involved in the fighting.

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