Policy Brief No. 1, ‘Bringing New Tech to Arms Control: T4T Report from UN PoA BMS8’
Policy Brief No. 1, ‘Bringing New Tech to Arms Control: T4T Report from UN PoA BMS8’, provides a summary of the T4T side event at the Eighth Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) in June 2022. Hosted by the Permanent Missions of Belgium and Mexico to the United Nations, the event provided perspectives for the inclusion of new technology-based approaches to arms and ammunition control and showcased two specific emerging technologies: computer vision for the automated detection of arms and ammunition items, and machine learning techniques for recognising, cataloguing, and sharing data extracted from firearms and ammunition. These technologies offer opportunities to enhance a range of arms and ammunition control processes, including for diversion prevention; supply chain monitoring; arms and ammunition identification and tracing in conflict and crime contexts; peacekeeping intelligence; investigations into human rights abuses and international humanitarian law (IHL) violations; among other initiatives and processes.
T4T Statement at Second Substantive Session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Conventional Ammunition, 17 August 2022
Statement by Chris Gough, Technical Director, Tech 4 Tracing
T4T Statement at UN PoA BMS8, 29 June 2022
Statement by Tech 4 Tracing
T4T Statement at First Substantive Session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Conventional Ammunition, 25 May 2022
Statement by Robert Sim, Research Director, Tech 4 Tracing