Stop Killer Robots was created to provide a coordinated civil society response to the multiple challenges that autonomous weapons systems pose to humanity. Founded by 10 nongovernmental organizations in October 2012, the coalition was publicly launched in April 2013.
The campaign calls for a legally binding instrument including prohibitions and regulations on the development, production, and use of autonomous weapons systems in order to preserve 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.
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.