Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Drones: Technology, Innovation And Privacy Concerns Over Unmanned Aircraft

Readying a drone for flight in Hyde County, North Carolina
Readying a drone for flight in Hyde County, North Carolina
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

North Carolina is the birthplace of flight. Now some people want to get in on some more recent technology - unmanned aircraft - drones. They range in size from a kid's toy to a bus-sized military aircraft and have a broad range of uses - from law enforcement and military to agriculture, journalism, and maybe even deliveries from Amazon. But as promising at the technology is, it has some privacy advocates concerned that it could open the door to unconstitutional surveillance. While the FAA develops rules over unmanned aircraft and the North Carolina legislature weighs privacy concerns, we take a closer look at drones, their applications - both public and commercial, and the safety, privacy, ethical and legal implications for unmanned flying machines.

Guests
Ben Bradford
- Reporter for WFAE
Matt Waite - Professor of Practice, College of Journalism and Mass Communications and Founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kyle Snyder - Director, NextGen Air Transportation Center (NGAT) at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University
Sarah Preston - Policy Director for the ACLU of North Carolina

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