What States and Localities Can Do About Drones

PRIVACY PROTECTION: BAN ON THE USE OF DRONES BY FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution that urged the state of Virginia to adopt a two-year moratorium on drones (which it did), urged both Virginia and the U.S. Congress to prohibit information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into…

Except for Ed Markey, Congressional Privacy Caucus Utterly Silent on Drones

Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations. Congressional Progressive Caucus: “We pledge our unwavering commitment… … To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U. S. Constitution. … To protect the personal privacy of all Americans from unbridled…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection (UASTSS)

On February 14, 2012, the President signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) into law.  The FMRA includes requirements for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS), including direction for the FAA to “establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six…

Nuclear UAV Drones Could Fly for Months at a Time

A General Atomics MQ-9 (aka Predator B, Reaper or Guardian) UAV drone’s flight duration could be increased from days to months with the addition of a nuclear power source according to military research. Nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that would increase operational flight durations from days to months are a technological possibility today, according to…

Proposed drone test site worries the backcountry

At the Pines Hills area home of Lisa Elkins, Lisa’s cat “Phineas” relaxes next to a map of California that depicts the area of the state that’s planned for a federal drone test site. Planning how they’ll fight it are local residents John Raifsnider, left, and Laurel Granquist, at right. — Charlie Neuman San Diego…

Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: The Legal and Regulatory Issues

Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: The Legal and Regulatory Issues Friday, February 7, 2014 Southwestern Campus Brochure (PDF) This groundbreaking event will focus on the legal and regulatory themes involved in the use of commercial drones (technically, remotely piloted aircraft systems or RPAS) for the purposes of news-gathering, media, advertising, and entertainment…

Domestic Drone Information Center

NACDL’s Domestic Drone Information Center aims to be a one-stop source of cutting-edge information on the proliferation of drones inside the United States. It collects news from leading publications across the nation; features a comprehensive listing of legislative developments; and contains sections devoted to relevant case law, government documents, scholarship, upcoming events, and data on…