China’s use of drones sparks controversy on social media

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Opinions were divided between supporters 
and opponents of expanding the application 
of drones and their use in surveillance 
operations (Pixabay).

 

From surveillance cameras in the streets and buses to drones, countries worldwide use technology in surveillance, monitoring, crime prevention, and combating them. If this happens in some countries according to legal controls, these uses raise controversy in other countries.
A video shared with the Chinese state-run CCTV – on October 13th – sparked social media in China – on top of which was Weibo – with thousands of comments between supporters and opponents. To expand the range of drones’ applications and use in surveillance operations.
The video showed the Chinese police fighting a drug-trafficking deal in an abandoned brick factory in Guilin’s southern city, and what is interesting is that the police would not have dealt with this deal and seize the suspects without the help of a drone.

Eyes in the sky

The reaction on local social media was divided between fearful and worried that there was no space left for privacy or “hiding,” as some put it, or that the Chinese government had come to have eyes in the sky.
Others approached the matter from a positive angle and even suggested supplying these drones with weapons that might contribute to confronting other criminal cases.

Some strongmen have suggested providing 
drones with some types of weapons to 
contribute to combating criminal 
cases (Pixabay)
This video raised concerns among privacy rights advocates, as they expressed their apprehension about how quickly the United Kingdom and other Western countries are adopting various forms of surveillance technology.
Some also saw that it became necessary for Parliament to intervene to draft legislation that defines the police’s powers in the use of drones.

Drones and Corona

This incident takes us back to September 2019, when a drone succeeded in reporting a wanted man who had managed to escape for 17 years and lived in a cave in Yunnan Province, located in southwest China.

In 2019 a drone successfully reported 
a wanted person to justice (Pixabay)

 

With the emergence of the “Covid-19” epidemic, drones played an important role in community health awareness campaigns against the epidemic, as they were used as a means of public announcement throughout China, in addition to issuing public warnings when they caught a person without a muzzle.

And not just China, many European countries have used drones for similar purposes, including using them to impose a curfew in Spain.

On the line since 2010

With the emergence of the “Covid-19” epidemic, drones played an important role in community health awareness campaigns against the epidemic, as they were used as a means of public announcement throughout China, in addition to issuing public warnings when they caught a person without a muzzle.
And not just China, many European countries have used drones for similar purposes, including using them to impose a curfew in Spain.

On the line since 2010

It is noteworthy that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, also called “drone,” is not a new invention. The first experiments in remote control of aircraft began before the First World War, and developments were made to the experiment. During the first and second world wars.
Its first actual use was by the United States in 1964 and its first active participation in the Battle of the Bekaa Valley between Syria and Israel in 1982.
It is noteworthy that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, also called “drone,” is not a new invention. The first experiments in remote control of aircraft began before the First World War, and developments were made to the experiment. During the first and second world wars.
Its first actual use was by the United States in 1964 and its first active participation in the Battle of the Bekaa Valley between Syria and Israel in 1982.

Drones differ from military to civilian, 
in terms of the technology used in them 
and their prices (Leslie Pratt - Wikipedia)

 

After the United States, Britain and Israel were the only countries producing this type of aircraft; China entered the line in 2010. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of producing countries increased until it reached 76 countries.
Drones differ from the military to the civilian regarding the technology used in them and their prices.

 

 

Source: British Press

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