“I Am the Eye in the Sky – Can You Read My Mind?” How to Address Public Concerns Towards Drone Use

  • Anne Oltvoort
  • Peter de VriesEmail author
  • Thomas van Rompay
  • Dale Rosen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11433)


Inspired by recent debates on drone technology and privacy protection, this research examines how negative consequences of drone usage can be mitigated by tailoring information about drone employment to the environmental context in which they are used. Additionally, this study seeks to clarify the role of information needs people have when confronted with drones in different settings. Using virtual reality environments and a dedicated virtual app providing opportunities for the public to learn more about drone usage, participants were confronted with drone surveillance at either a business area, at a park, or during an event, and received transparent information on drone usage or a neutral message proving no information on drone usage. Additionally, participants could obtain more information on drone usage by clicking on one or more information buttons in the app. Results show that, compared to an event, participants were less acceptant of drones in a business area and even less so at the park. Further analyses indicated that heightened transparency perceptions resulted in higher levels of trust, perceived control, and drone acceptance. Finally, participants particularly sought information on how drones are used in the business area and park environment, whereas a need for privacy information stood out in the park context. These findings testify to the importance of careful consideration of the environmental context and related communication needs people have when informing the public about drone usage.


Drones Acceptance Transparency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Oltvoort
    • 1
  • Peter de Vries
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas van Rompay
    • 2
  • Dale Rosen
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology of Conflict, Risk and SafetyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Communication ScienceUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.BMS LabUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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