Category Archives: Biopolitics

Remote: a Documentary about Drones and Humans

This is a 33-minute documentary I produced about drone warfare. It covers a lot of ground–from the history of air power, to signature strikes, miniaturized swarming, the future of policing, the role of autonomous AI, and what it all means … Continue reading

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The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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Policing Mass Civil Breakdown

Three inter-related stories caught my eye over the weekend–all of which point to different forms of policing “disorder,” from the planetary scale, to the urban environment, right down to the doorways outside of grocery stores. The question that  needs to … Continue reading

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Predator Empire, Dronification of State Violence – Open Access

Two of my papers on drone warfare have been made freely available by the publisher: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter, The Dronification of State Violence (2014). Geopolitics. Available here. This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building … Continue reading

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Drone-proof cities in an age of surveillance?

Check out “Shura City“, an urban environment designed to counter robotic forms of surveillance. It is a place for the hunted to hide. The city is therefore part of a long history of architectural blueprints that have “defensible space”–in some … Continue reading

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The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion)

The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion) “The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world” — Hannah Arendt, 1969[1] The … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part V: A Well-Oiled Killing Machine, and the Rule by Nobody

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part IV: The Predator A Well-Oiled Killing Machine, and the Rule by Nobody The creation of the drone target is an intensely bureaucratic process. Understanding the various processes behind what Gregory McNeal calls a … Continue reading

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