DroneJournalism.org media statement re: UAVs Pros-Cons Event
To a great extent, the quality of a democracy is determined by the quality of information available to the public. DroneJournalism.org was founded in 2011 to help equip journalists with an innovative new technology to provide that information: small, unmanned aircraft.
We are an organization of journalists, engineers, and unmanned systems operators dedicated to establishing the technical and ethical framework to deploy unmanned systems for reporting (i.e. “drone journalism”).
DroneJournalism.org supports debate and thoughtful consideration of these powerful tools, with attention paid not solely to the reasonable limits of the technology, but also to the great potential for “drones” to provide perspective and hard data to essential investigations.
The UAVs Pros-Cons Symposium provides a platform for an important debate around a disruptive technology. Matthew Schroyer, founder of DroneJournalism.org, will contribute perspectives on journalism, ethics, data-gathering, and science education for the UAVs Pros-Cons Symposium.
Media statement from EPIC regarding the #uavsproscons event on June 30, 2013 in Toronto Canada.
"...EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC has a particular interest in preserving privacy safeguards against expansive surveillance systems. With special capabilities and enhanced equipment, drones are designed and built to conduct far more detailed surveillance than their aerial ancestors. There are substantial legal and constitutional issues involved in the deployment of aerial drones by government and commercial entities that need to be addressed. No legislation currently provides adequate safeguards to protect privacy rights against the increased use of drones in the United States. As drone technology becomes cheaper and more available, the threat to privacy will become more substantial. Legal protections are necessary to protect individual privacy, ensure transparency of drone operations, and hold drone operators accountable for invasive and unlawful practices. "
Drones have great potential, and some of their promise is already being realised. But APF is seriously concerned that the enthusiasm for surveillance drones will cause serious harm in a wide variety of ways.
Each organisation that develops, promotes and applies drones must recognise their ethical obligations and the scope for harm both to people, and to the organisation's ROI. In concrete terms, that requires early engagement with relevant civil society organisations, and a privacy impact assessment (PIA) process for each particular application.
APF looks forward to engagement with relevant organisations, both generally, and in the context of a similar event that it is understood will be run in Australia in November 2013.
Roger Clarke, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation
:...Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared hacking of another foreign spy drone during the first day of Payambar-e Azam 8 (The Great Prophet 8) wargames, IRNA reported.
'A foreign spy drone was hacked outside the field of Payambar-e Azam 8 wargames on Saturday,' Spokesman of the Wargames General Hamid Sarkheili told reporters."