Drones Moving From War Zones To The Home Front

Guests

John Villasenor, senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project

Related Reading

Read John Villasenor's blog post "What Is A Drone, Anyway?" for Scientific American.

Congress recently passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which — along with funding the Federal Aviation Administration's budget through 2015 — encourages the acceleration of unmanned aircraft programs in U.S. airspace. Drones have taken on a large role in military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The new legislation could make the technology more prevalent in several arenas, from local police departments to farmers monitoring crops. What exactly are drones, how are they used — now and potentially — and do they threaten people's rights to free speech and privacy?

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