Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots was created to provide a coordinated civil society response to the multiple challenges that fully autonomous weapons pose to humanity. Founded by 10 nongovernmental organizations in October 2012, the coalition was publicly launched in April 2013.

The campaign calls for a ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. It further advocates for a corresponding requirement to maintain meaningful human control over the use of force. These weapons systems raise a host of concerns because they would select and engage targets without such control. The campaign seeks to achieve its goals through a new international treaty as well as through national laws and other measures.

Credit: Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, 2013

The diverse campaign involves human rights advocates, scientists, tech workers, ethicists, among others. It is growing rapidly and has members from more than 60 countries.