Covering Drones in U.S. Airspace and in Your Community

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June 28, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Covering Drones in U.S. Airspace and in Your Community
Originally Broadcast On:
June 28, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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A new law requires the FAA to issue regulations by 2015 for use of drones in commercial airspace, raising questions of safety and privacy--and great story potential as you think about covering the civilian use of drones and what could become a $90 billion industry.

The drones used domestically bear little resemblance to the war machines making headlines. They don’t carry weapons but many do carry cameras, raising privacy concerns that journalists need to understand. This Webinar will give you what you need to know about the law and its impact to find good stories.

Learn about the dangers of drones – from hacking, unwanted intrusion into private areas and from causing problems for commercial planes – as well as the benefits – helping to find lost people, monitoring forest fires and tracking police suspects.

What Will I Learn:
  • How the proliferation of drones in civilian life will impact local communities
  • Privacy concerns raised by camera-equipped drones
  • The impact of the Drone Act and the extent to which it allows the purchase and use of unmanned aircraft for evidence gathering and surveillance
  • The dangers and benefits of drones in private and commercial life
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors, investigative journalists, people interested in privacy issues and anyone who is interested in new technology and its use in daily life.

Course Instructor:

Ellen Shearer

Ellen Shearer is the William F. Thomas Professor in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, based in the school’s Washington Program. She also is co-director of the school’s National Security Journalism initiative. She is co-author of the book “Nonvoters: America’s No-Shows,” has written chapters in six other books and is co-editor of “National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars and Policymakers,” published in fall 2012 by the American Bar Association Publishing.

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