Revitalizing Kensan Adventure Tours by Increasing Online Presence; The Impact of Consumer Drones on National Security, Privacy, and Technological Governance

Pellei, Dante, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Vrugtman, Rosanne, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Francisco, Pedro Augusto, University of Virginia

The line between technological innovation and its impact on society is often blurred, revealing unforeseen consequences and ethical dilemmas. My technical research report delves into the design of an effective website for Kensan Adventure Tours. My aim is to increase tourism on Amami Island in Japan through visually engaging content and an intuitive user experience. In my STS research paper, I examine the potential for consumer drones to challenge the balance between technological advancement and national security. Using Actor-Network Theory, I analyze the complex relationships between drones, regulatory bodies, and privacy concerns. While these topics may seem distinct, they both highlight the profound impact of technology on society. The website project explores how technology shapes tourism and economic development, while the STS paper examines how technology can introduce security vulnerabilities and necessitate ethical considerations.

Kensan Adventure Tours lacked an effective online presence, hindering its ability to attract tourists to the stunning yet relatively unknown Amami Island. My website redesign project aims to bridge this gap by leveraging the power of visual storytelling and user-centered design to increase bookings. The project involved researching web design best practices, creating visual mockups, content creation, and developing a timeline for implementation.

The proposed website features a modern design, high-quality visuals, a user-friendly booking system, and SEO optimization. These elements are anticipated to increase website traffic, user engagement, and ultimately, tour bookings. By creating a well-designed website for Kensan Adventure Tours, we can significantly transform the business's online presence, driving growth and enhancing brand reputation.

For my STS research question, I focus on the widespread deployment of DJI consumer drones, how it affects national security, and its implications for privacy and data management. The growing popularity of consumer drones necessitates a critical examination of the potential risks they pose, particularly with increased geopolitical tensions and concerns surrounding data security. My paper employed a qualitative approach, incorporating a literature review, document analysis, and case studies.

I will discuss research that has uncovered potential vulnerabilities in DJI drone technology, connections between DJI and the Chinese government, and allegations of data misuse. These findings suggest that consumer drones could be exploited for surveillance or cyberattacks, posing security concerns. My STS research underscores the need for regulatory oversight and transparent data management practices to mitigate the risks associated with drone technology.

Both research projects illustrate that technology is not neutral. While offering immense potential for innovation and progress, it also introduces new challenges and ethical dilemmas that must be carefully addressed. Technological advancements require a multi-faceted approach that considers not only technical feasibility but also societal, economic, and security implications.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Drone, National Security, Website

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Technical Advisor: Rosanne Vrugtman

STS Advisor: Pedro Augusto P. Francisco

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