The Drone Next Door at the New America Foundation

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Drones have become essential to the American way of war. They've given the military nearly constant surveillance from the sky, and allow for quick attacks from afar. And now, like countless other technologies forged in the heat of battle, drones are making their way to the home front, pressed into civilian service. Call them drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, or remote-control planes; these high-tech devices have appealed to Border Patrol and local law enforcement, but also to conservationists, journalists, hobbyists, and more. How do we decide who gets to have their own set of eyes in the skies? What does it mean for your privacy and safety if your neighbors get their own drone?


9:00: Registration and Coffee

9:15: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! But Would You Call it a Drone?

Will Saletan
National Correspondent, Slate

9:30: The View from Capitol Hill

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Arizona's 4th Congressional District

Rosa Brooks
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Former Special Coordinator for Rule of Law & International Humanitarian Policy , U.S. Dept. of Defense

10:00: A New Technology Takes Flight

Missy Cummings
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Michael Toscano
President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Shane Harris
National Security Writer, Washingtonian

10:45: Bringing the War (Technology) Home

Konstantin Kakaes
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation

11:00: A Drone of Your Own

Joseph Hall
Senior Staff Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology

Matthew Waite
Journalism Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Founder, Drone Journalism Lab

Don Roby
Captain, Baltimore County Police Department

Shane Harris
National Security Writer, Washingtonian

11:45: Nature's New Watchdogs

Carter Roberts
President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Robbie Hood
Director of Unmanned Aerial Systems, NOAA

Suzanne Goldenberg
US Environment Correspondent, The Guardian

12:30: Lunch

12:45: Flying Mission Creep: What We Can Learn from the Pentagon's History with Drones

Rosa Brooks
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Former Special Coordinator for Rule of Law & International Humanitarian Policy , U.S. Dept. of Defense

1:00: Look Up and Smile for Big Brother

Daniel Rothenberg
Professor of Practice; Executive Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Catherine Crump
Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

Del. Ben Cline
24th District, Virginia House of Delegates

Matt Wald
Technology Reporter, New York Times

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am glad you like my suggestion.

    May 7

  • John

    Definitely a great event, with several very informative speakers.

    1 · May 7

  • Rolf Stefani

    Great event... Not enough room for the number of people attending

    1 · May 7

  • Kevin Good

    Hey guys-- Not feel well today so I bowed-out, but I'm watching on the ustream. I just saw Timothy representing us very well, getting a question in-- what I would argue was the only actual question. :)

    1 · May 7

  • Troy D. White

    Anybody attending this event have spare 3DR Quadcopter legs? I broke 2 of mine yesterday

    May 6

    • Troy D. White

      Good idea... I'm open to any suggestions. You'd think they would make them a little more sturdy, given they're hoping to attract new users

      1 · May 6

    • David Siedlyk

      Whenever I can work up the nerve to try to fix my Hexa, I was thinking about doing something like this: http://www.diydrones....­

      1 · May 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    This affects us all in the group but if you show up please wear business attire.

    2 · April 24

    • Stefan Costner

      lol, what if we promise to iron our tuxedo t-shirts?

      1 · May 1

  • Gustavo Zastrow

    Unfortunately I have a schedule conflict at work :-(

    May 1

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