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NACDL

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 drone usage. The Domestic Drone Information Center also aggregates existing material from other websites, making it a launching pad to additional information about domestic drones on the web.

As domestic drones become an issue of increasing concern – the FAA predicts that 30,000 drones will be deployed within 20 years – we hope that you find this material useful. Please contact us at drones@nacdl.org if you are aware of important drone information that we have not yet added. This project is supported by the Foundation for Criminal Justice and the Open Society Foundations.

Legislation & Bill Map
  • The Bill Map features links to legislation at the federal level, in each of the states, and in select municipalities.

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Case Law

Draft Legislation: NACDL’s draft legislation to protect individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of drones is available here.

Government Documents (Including FOIA Requests)

Other Data

  • Drone U (The New America Foundation)The Drone Census Behind the headline grabbing drone news there is a complex ecosystem of users, industry, legislation, and research. Filter by the stakeholders driving the drone movement and zoom in on what’s happening in your neighborhood. Includes interactive map.More Data

Scholarship

Events

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

Event Description: 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 production.

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Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance

Event Description: This gathering will bring together drone survivors from Pakistan,Yemen and Afghanistan, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for a weekend of educating and organizing. Speakers include Dr. Cornel West, international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Amnesty International’s Zeke Johnson, ACLU’s Hina Shamsi, Pakistani drone victim attorney Shahzad Akbar, Afghan women’s rights advocates Fahima Vorgetts and Suraia Sahar, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, British scientist Noel Sharkey, inventor of Dronestagram James Bridle, designer of drone-repellent stealthwear Adam Harvey, and peace activist Kathy Kelly. Workshops include topics such as passing local legislation, social media training, student organizing and creative resistance. Evening events include film screenings, art shows and music.

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No Place to Hide: The Rise of the Surveillance State and Its Threat to the Bill of Rights

Event Description: Confirmed Participants: Kade Crockford (Massachuetts ACLU), Thomas Drake (NSA whistleblower), Mike German (Former FBI special agent, now with ACLU National), Kevin Gosztola (firedoglake.com blogger), Restore the Fourth, Adam Schwartz (Illinois ACLU), Amie Stepanovich (Eletronic Privacy Information Center)

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 Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference

Event Description: DARC is a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications. Attendees will take part in a far-ranging exploration of these technologies and see firsthand the latest advancements in aerial robotics. In addition to looking at the cultural impact, legal challenges, and business potential, we’ll also examine specific applications for drones including: agriculture, policing, wildlife conservation, weather, mapping, logistics, and more.

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News Of Interest

Wild skies: how long will drones for hire fly in a legal limbo?,” by Adi Robertson, The Verge, November 7, 2013.

The Year of the Drone: An Analysis of State Legislation Passed This Year,” by Allie Bohm, ACLU, November 7, 2013.

Press Release – FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap,” FAA, November 7, 2013.

Fight for U.S. Drone Flight Details Heats Up,” by Jack Bouboushian, Courthouse News Service, November 7, 2013.

FAA Releases Initial Roadmap for Drone Use,” by Andy Pasztor, The Wall Street Journal, November 7, 2013.

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