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A Code Of Conduct, For Drones?

KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
NPR [1]
July 3, 2012

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Actually, it’s a drone.

And now those unmanned aircraft, best known for being used by the U.S. to kill terrorism suspects [2] overseas, have a new state-of-the-art feature: a code of conduct.

The trade group for companies that make and operate drones has issued the code partly, at least, in response to privacy concerns. That’s because these gizmos don’t just target Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan; they’re used domestically for everything from law enforcement [3] to crop-dusting.

“The emergence of unmanned aircraft systems represents one of the most significant advancements to aviation, the scientific community, and public service since the beginning of flight,” Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said in a statement Monday on the group’s website [4]. “With a commitment to safety, professionalism and respect, we can ensure unmanned aircraft are integrated responsibly into civil airspace.”

Full article here [1]