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Links, thoughts and research into using drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism at the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

August 22, 2014 at 4:58pm

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Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules →

The big parts of the interpretive rule were the FAA asserting it’s authority to ban commercial operations (without regulation) and banning First Person View flying. Not sure these will be the last suits over the FAA’s interpretive rules. Interestingly, from our standpoint, is that a consortium of universities is challenging the rule as imposing on science research and education. 

August 15, 2014 at 5:56pm

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US drone research hits regulatory turbulence →

And, cough, journalism schools.

August 12, 2014 at 6:12pm

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Where drone journalism gets interesting: Closed airspace over controversial places

The FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction (TFR) around Ferguson, Mo. blocking all but law enforcement aircraft from flying in the area. This happens in major news events, especially disasters, where the airspace gets really busy with rescue and law enforcement aircraft trying to do The Public Good and regulators want to keep gawkers out. In this case, ArsTechnica’s Cyrus Farivar reported on Twitter that St. Louis County authorities said it was gunfire aimed at their police helicopter that shut the airspace down, and that they have not seen any drones over the unrest

But this notion of shutting down the airspace is based on the manned aircraft age, one where only a finite number of people can get in the air. The coming age of small flying robots with cameras on them will put all kinds of pressure on these restrictions and open up questions about what journalists should do if they’re being kept from the skies in a place like Ferguson, Mo.

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August 5, 2014 at 6:47am

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24 Drone-Created GIFs That Show You The World Like You've Never Seen It Before →

Drone Lab star Ben Kreimer quoted extensively in this HuffPo piece.

July 30, 2014 at 3:35pm

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IAPP: The Case for Not Overregulating Drones →

As policy-makers consider whether to regulate drones, I hope they first will examine whether existing laws already address the privacy concerns. As I explained in a February article for The Privacy Advisor, common-law torts such as intrusion upon seclusion, public disclosure of private facts, trespass and nuisance already may deter drone operators from violating individuals’ privacy.

July 18, 2014 at 5:01pm

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The FAA's Cease-And-Desist Orders to Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules | Motherboard →

This is important, but it does not mean the FAA is going to stop what they are doing until there are regulations.

July 8, 2014 at 11:17am

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Criminal Charges For Drone Near Miss With NYPD Helicopter →

Greg McNeal with a good look at how laws already on the books deal with drone pilots doing dumb things.

July 1, 2014 at 5:12pm

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FAA Struggling To Deal With Drones, Cracks Down On Farmers And Realtors →

To my knowledge, today is the first we’ve known publicly of the FAA issuing subpoenas. - MW

June 27, 2014 at 1:38pm

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Crucial time for drone reporting laws: industry needs to act - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA →

Journalists need to get a seat at the table on developing drone regulations, and quickly.

June 19, 2014 at 2:01pm

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Drone enthusiasts demand clearance to fly | SHFWire →

Drone labber Daniel Wheaton, interning with Scripps Howard this summer, reports from a National Press Club gathering about drones.