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SXSW Interactive 2015

Drones for good: journalism and crowdsourced UAVs

Offering web-connectivity that allows communities to access drones and their data, tech from the UK’s Civic Drone Centre adds a crowdsourced angle on UAV development. ‘AeroSee’ puts people at the centre of drone operations: connecting a global user base to live drone data feeds. Our search and rescue trial in the UK used this community-connected drone-cast to find a missing hiker in 69 seconds.

In Kenya, Drone Journalism project SkyCAM is pushing the boundaries of UAV content capture, and exploring how UAVs could revolutionise media operations.

So what does a world of web-connected civilian UAVs mean?

Speakers from Europe and Africa will explore the potential of web-connected drones, how they offer new and engaging ways for citizens, storytellers, journalists and organisations to utilise UAV technologies. We’ll tackle contentious issues of ethics, privacy and safety. What are the dangers of eyes in the sky, and can positive UAV uses re-energise a potentially sceptical public?

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  1. How can drones be used for the public good, and how can web-connectivity be used in innovative and beneficial ways?
  2. What are the risks associated with 'unmanned aerial vehicles', and can new positive uses, such as drone journalism and search and rescue scenarios, re-energise a sceptical public?
  3. What are the legislative restrictions for UAVs on an international basis, and what restrictions need to be lifted before drone technologies can fulfil their potential?
  4. How can crowdsourcing offer a key new development in UAV technologies, and how can we use progressive development methods - such as hack jams and hackathons, to develop new and open source drone platforms?
  5. What is the future for aerial, land and submersible drones, and what new user scenarios will emerge over the coming years?



John Mills, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

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  • Tags: drones, crowdsourcing
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: WTF and Beyond
  • Level: Intermediate
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