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Remote Control Project: Student Essay Competition

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14 April 2015

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The Remote Control Project is running an essay competition on the topic of security by remote control. The competition is open to all university students in the UK and must be written in English by a sole author. This includes students who are graduating in the summer of 2015.

As his/her topic, the author should write on one or more of the four key elements that make up remote control:

  • Drones and Autonomous weapons
  • Private Military and Security Companies
  • Special Forces
  • Cyber activities including intelligence and surveillance

The essay must attempt to answer the question: is remote control effective in solving security problems?Within these guidelines the author is encouraged to follow his/her interests.

The submissions will be judged on their originality, clarity, argument and analysis. As there has been relatively little study carried out on these areas, students are encouraged to be inventive and creative in the way they approach their topic.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Remote Control Project team and a shortlist will be sent to a judging panel to make the final decision.

The winner will receive £300 and publication of their essay on the Remote Control Project website. We also reserve the right to publish other entries, which will of course by fully credited.

Please send your submission to info@remotecontrolproject.org, with the heading ‘Essay Competition’. The deadline is 1st July 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted.

For more information on the key elements of remote control please follow this link. For any other questions please contact info@remotecontrolproject.org

Rules and Regulations

Essays should not be more that 4,000 words in length excluding footnotes, but will not be penalised if they are shorter. The essay must be fully and properly referenced. The submission must be typewritten and double spaced.

Please write your name, email, and a one-paragraph biography with your research interests and background on the first page of the essay. Your essay should start with an executive summary of not more than 200 words outlining your subject matter and main argument.


The Remote Control project is a project of the Network for Social Change hosted by Oxford Research Group. The project examines changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare.

Our publications are circulated free of charge for non-profit use, but please consider making a donation to ORG, if you are able to do so.

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