Category: Features

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…

The Drone Overflow: How to Disagree About Drones

  By Marcel LaFlamme It wasn’t Beau’s finest hour. In the closing minutes of a session on drone warfare at New York University’s Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference last fall, the self-described technologist stood up to ask what was, to…

Burdens of War: PTSD and Drone Crews

By Dan Gettinger On April 2, 2014, Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire on his colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing three people before turning the gun on himself. The mass shooting, the second at Fort Hood in the past…

Who’s Afraid of a Small Drone?

By Alex Pasternack Dianne Feinstein has a bone to pick with drones, especially since she confronted one on her own lawn. “I’m in my home and there’s a demonstration out front, and I go to peek out the window, and…

What Do Bush Officials Have to Say About Drones?

By Zachary Israel Officials who served in George Bush’s administration have been both critical and supportive of President Obama’s use of drones for targeted killing in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The Bush administration was subjected to much criticism and controversy…

“Drones Are Not Toys”: The Russian Program

By Dan Gettinger On April 20, 2008, a Russian MiG fighter shot down a Georgian unmanned surveillance drone over Abkhazia, a separatist region that declared independence in 1999 and maintained a close allegiance to the Kremlin. In response to what…

Drones and the Shifting Expectation of Privacy

By Jared Rankin Though it remains technologically and politically fraught, the vision of a domestic dronespace has been fast tracked for legislation by 2015. It is by now obvious, and much commented-upon, that the introduction of sensor-laden drones into national…