Calling them unmanned aerial vehicles sounds just as scary as calling them drones, but what do we really mean when we talk about this technology? This hour on Focus, we talked about drones, how they are being used and how they’re not. We also heard from an Urbana man working to advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and to inspire high school students to study math and science.
The technologies encompassed by the term “unmanned aerial vehicle” are vast and include everything from hobbyist drones that look like toy helicopters to units that are equipped with cameras and are being used to monitor crop damage. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Matthew Schroyer, a graduate of the UIUC who is also the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. We’ll talk with him about the things drones could help us do, and we’ll ask him about the privacy concerns the technology raises. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, former Wired editor and founder of the website DIY Drones and Nancy Cooke, Professor at Arizona State University and Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, Arizona, also join us.
Watch a video of Matt explaining and flying his drone.
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Next week on Focus, we'll talk with the official historian for Major League Baseball and an Urbana man working with unmanned aerial technology for both journalistic purposes and to inspire high school students to study math and science. We'll also address the unmet need for homeless services in the area and talk about the growing disconnect between law schools and law firms in Illionis and why it matters.
Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy forum
Frances Harris, Librarian, University Laboratory High School, Urbana
Host: Craig Cohen
As we share more and more of our lives on sites like Facebook and Twitter, privacy questions naturally arise. But so does the issue of how long this material will stay around - perhaps much longer than any of us had originally intended. In an age of social media and digital archiving, can we escape from what we have posted or written online? Is the internet compiling a "permanent record" of our lives, the one grade school teachers and principals have been warning students of for decades?
Garret Keizer, contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, contributing writer to Mother Jones, recent Guggenheim Fellow
Host: Craig Cohen
Privacy Book Cover
In his book Privacy, Garret Keizer begins by noting how the word “sharing” today has almost everything to do with personal information, and almost nothing to do with personal wealth. Keizer sees a link between shrinking personal privacy and a growing gap between rich and poor. He maintains privacy has long been thought of as a value that came along with the growth of the middle class, and now that the middle class is shrinking, so, naturally, is privacy. We’ll discuss what privacy means in 21st century America – and just what sort of impact political, economic, or cultural influences have on it. From concerns over security to the rise of technology designed to make our lives easier, but requiring more and more access to information we once considered personal, is there even room for such privacy anymore?
Daniel J. Solove, J.D., the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
Host: David Inge
This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10 am
With Catherine Crump, J.D. (Staff Attorney, The American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project; Non-Residential Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet and Society), and , and Jay Stanley (Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy and Technology Program, The American Civil Liberties Union)
With Daniel J. Solove, J.D. (the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School)
With Sherry Turkle, Ph.D. (the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology; Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
With Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D. (Rosalind E. Franklin Professor Genetics and Health Policy, Professor of Law, and Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University)
With Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D. (Professor of Communication, holding the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania)
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