Drones as tools of protest
A man named Jenk K is using a DJI Phantom to film the events going on in Taksim Square in Istanbul. The images are fascinating. Around 4:10, you’ll see the police start using water cannons to clear the square.
Footage from the RC drone that was shot down by police [HD] from Jenk K on Vimeo.
And, not surprisingly, the police didn’t take to kindly to this.
Police shot down RC Drone @ Taksim Gezi Park Istanbul from Jenk K on Vimeo.
We’re, of course, interested in how media might use drones to capture images like these, but in places where media is controlled and images aren’t getting out, drones + the internet are a powerful tool to show the world what’s going on. And it opens up fascinating questions about how semi-autonomous flight is a necessary component to keep the protester/pilot safe.
The county commissioners say they won’t foot the bill for a crane, and they don’t think the helicopter owner’s suggestion to have someone rappel from a real chopper and snatch the miniature one off is, well, very realistic or worthwhile.
An interesting idea. Could we include fake mass protests in there?
Fox Sports and ESPN are already using them to cover live cricket matches in Australia. Matter of time, this.
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More from the FAA’s privacy call-in.
Callers tell FAA of privacy, safety concerns over drones
The FAA held a teleconference today to talk about privacy policies around the six UAV test sites they’ve yet to announce. Pepperdine University Law Professor Greg McNeal and EPIC Privacy’s Amie Stepanovich live tweeted the event with their reactions.
A few missing — ahem — but a good list. Rightly focuses on agriculture as a huge potential user.
Caught between ban and boom, businesses struggling with drone rules
By Daniel Wheaton
Charles Eide thought he was following all of the rules when he used a drone to take photos of real estate.
He wasn’t. In early February, the Federal Aviation Administration told him to stop.
Eide, along with hundreds of other businesses, are facing the same question: Is it legal to use drones and aerial photography for profit?
March 28, 2013 at 12:48pm
The story itself has a decent back-and-forth about if our laws are or aren’t ready. It’s not so clear cut.