The Drone Next Door

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? 

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Agenda

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

            Moderator
            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

Moderator
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 Lorenzo 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

Moderator
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

Moderator
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 and Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law, ASU School of Politics and Global Studies

Catherine Crump
Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

Moderator
Matt Wald
Technology Reporter, New York Times

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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