Drones aren't just for the military anymore. Remote-controlled flying devices are becoming more widely available, and journalists have begun to consider their use in reporting. That may or may not be a good thing, and our panelists have strong opinions on both sides of the topic. We'll discuss the state of the art in the field, open source projects, how to build your own drone and what not to do, and also show some demo devices.
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief, Wired magazine: Anderson took the helm of Wired in 2001 and has led the magazine to two dozen National Magazine Award nominations, winning the prestigious top prize for general excellence in 2005, 2007 and 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "The Long Tail" and "FREE: The Future of a Radical Price." He is also founder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company and website DIY drones. He was named in April 2007 to the "Time 100," the news magazine's list of the 100 most influential men and women in the world.
Tyler Brown, Occucopter: Based in Oakland, Occucopter is focused on bringing the technology of unmanned aerial photography and live video into the hands of the general public. Tyler has been working with the Occucopter team since June 2011 along with two other members of the Department of Spontaneous Combustion, an artist and metal worker collective in Oakland. He has spent the last several years working with artists, engineers and non-profit corporations in the Bay Area with the goal of bringing art, science, and technology into the public sphere. Brown worked on both the hardware and software for the Occucopter, and continues to drive refinements.
Jennifer Lynch, EFF: Lynch is a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and works on open government, transparency and privacy issues as part of EFF’s FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG) Project. She is monitoring the drone issue and the EFF's lawsuit against the FAA which seeks information on drone flights in the United States.
Matt Waite, Drone Journalism Lab: Professor Waite launched the Lab at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. In the lab, students and faculty will build drone platforms, use them in the field and research the ethical, legal and regulatory issues involved in using pilotless aircraft to do journalism. Waite will join us via Skype.
7p-730p: Drinks and networking
730p-830p: Presentation and demos
830p-9p: More networking