Fed Tech Roundup December 15

The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (fromFedTechTicker.com and TopTechTicker.com):  “Fed Tech Ticker” New drone for Christmas? You must register before flying — FAA – FedScoop Federal Aviation Administration to require most small drones to be registered … – abc7news.com Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions – […]

The Drone Terrorism Case That Wasn’t

Fears related to drone safety, in particular concerns about so-called “near misses” with manned aircraft, have gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. More detailed analysis, however, has shown those fears to have been greatly exaggerated. Nonetheless, they have resulted in one senator’s call for an expansion of the FAA’s drone ban to include […]

Drone Fear and the FAA Ban on Model Aircraft Near Stadiums

On October 27, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that bans the use of “unmanned aircraft and remote controlled aircraft” near stadiums. The move comes in the wake of a number of reports worldwide, including within the United States, of “drone” use at sporting events. Though these incidents […]

More Close Calls between High Altitude Drones and Commercial Aircraft     

Many techies envision a future where drones are commonplace – quickly and efficiently delivering products, providing Internet access, enabling forecasts by meteorologists, improving traffic reports, or simply watching for illegal activity. Drones will likely provide impressive contributions to our standard of living in the near future, but a recent report by The Washington Post highlights […]

Next Moves in the Battle Over Domestic Drones

There have been a number of important new developments in the battle over domestic drones in the United States this week, many of which lend support to the concerns that I have raised in my last two posts. First, the FAA has confirmed this week that it is launching an official investigation into the use of a drone, in […]

Domestic “Drones” Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation

Recently, several news outlets reported on a supposed plot by a Moroccan national to use remote controlled model airplanes as flying bombs. The story seems to lend credibility to speculation that model airplanes could be the next terrorist threat. In reality, however, these fears are part of a larger pattern of threat inflation about domestic […]