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Industry, Scholars Back Drone Innovation

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

April 24, 2013

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has written a letter to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressing concerns “that such an influential tech industry executive” would support bottling up a “promising technology,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Schmidt recently expressed concerns about drones. Meanwhile, an op-ed for Wired makes the case for why Americans should not be afraid of drones. George Mason University researchers Eli Dourado, Adam Thierer and Jerry Brito, in a Federal Aviation Adminstration filing, argue that constraining commercial drones to strict privacy policy requirements is “unwise and premature.” Dourado writes, “It’s true that opening up U.S. airspace…will have some important privacy implications to consider. But it’s even more important that we consider the effect of too-early, heavy-handed regulation on future innovation.”
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