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Event: The Impact of Domestic Drones on Privacy, Safety and National Security – Brookings Institution

On April 4, 2012, Brookings will hold a symposium and live webcast (so that we all may see it):

Event Summary

In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill that will open domestic skies to “unmanned aircraft systems,” more commonly known as drones. The coming proliferation of domestic drones raises a set of important privacy, safety, and national security questions. For instance, to what extent will it be legal for drones to hover 300 feet above residential neighborhoods snapping pictures into backyards and windows? What level of human-in-the-loop control is needed to ensure safety in a crowded airspace? And how can we stop terrorists from piloting drones at treetop level toward a target?

On April 4, Governance Studies at Brookings will hold a forum focused on the privacy, safety and national security implications of drones in American airspace. A panel of experts will address the challenge of realizing the many potential benefits of drones while minimizing the risks that will accompany their growing use.
The event will be webcast and live Tweeted at hashtag #BIDrones. After the program, speakers will take audience questions.
Register here for the live webcast »
Register here to attend in person »


Introduction and Moderator
Benjamin Wittes

Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

Kenneth Anderson

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

Catherine Crump

Staff Attorney, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Nonresident Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Paul Rosenzweig

Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Founder, Red Branch Consulting PLLC

John Villasenor

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Professor, Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Event Information

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


Falk Auditorium
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Event Materials


Contact: Brookings Office of Communications


Phone: 202.797.6105

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Hat tip to Lawfare blog.

The Impact of Domestic Drones on Privacy, Safety and National Security – Brookings Institution

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