Category: Features

Will Customs and Border Protection Drones be Furloughed?

By Arthur Holland Michel As the February 27 deadline for Congress to approve an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security approaches, and the prospect of a last-minute deal becomes smaller, it is worth considering whether a DHS shutdown…

Drone Geography: Mapping a System of Intelligence

This post is part of a series of posts and resources on drones and the world of intelligence. For a complete guide to drone hunting, click here. For resources on how to find and spot drones, click here. For our Multimedia Portal on…

How to Hunt for Drones

This post is part of a series of posts and resources on drones and the world of intelligence. For an in-depth look at the U.S. communications infrastructure at the heart of drone operations, click here. For resources on how to find and…

31 Questions the FAA Wants you to Answer

By Arthur Holland Michel Last Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled a draft set of rules for the non-recreational use of drones in domestic U.S. airspace. The FAA recognizes that its proposed rules are not perfect, and that they could…

Introducing the Multimedia Portals

The Portals are multimedia collections covering a variety of issues on drones. We have assembled collections of audio and video recordings of academic lectures, debates, roundtables, and policy speeches that will familiarize our readers with a range of topics, from…

The Best Drone Books of 2014

By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan An abundance of books on drones have been published this year. These publications deal with a host of issues ranging from the legal and ethical dimensions of targeted killing to practical guides for budding drone hobbyists. A…

The Prescribed Gaze

By Chanterelle Menashe Ribes Auschwitz Overlooked As aerial sensor technology proliferates, Harun Farocki’s film Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988), which interrogates our capacity to see freely in a world of mass-produced and computer-produced imagery, is a…

South Korea on Alert for Drones

By Dan Gettinger The South Korean government is warning its citizens to be on the lookout for any North Korean drones. The Center for the Study of the Drone acquired photographs of signs posted near the Demilitarized Zone that warn…

The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues

The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues is a free, one-stop, handbook addressing the basic and fundamental questions around drones in all their contexts, from foreign theaters of war to domestic civilian use. This basic report covers technology, history,…

The Shifting Fortunes of the FBI Drone Program

A version of this story originally appeared on Motherboard – Vice and MuckRock By Shawn Musgrave   The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had an eager eye on surveillance drones since first experimenting with remote control airplanes in 1995. But…

Listen: A Drone Rock Opera

By Arthur Holland Michel Young Drones, a new graphic novel rock opera showing this weekend at Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto, is the story of two (presumably rather advanced) unmanned aerial vehicles that quit their jobs patrolling the Alberta tar…