Over the past several months, stories of airports being shut down by drones have began to surface. Gatwick, Newark, Heathrow, and Dubai have all fallen victim to this in the recent past. New York Police have began to seek out solutions to these potential threats after theorizing that “propaganda abroad showing weaponized drones can inspire terrorists to use drones for lone-wolf attacks in the U.S.” (WSJ)
In August, an Assassination attempt was carried out again Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones and explosives. Situations such as these have forced governments across the world to enact legislation and develop strategies to neutralize any drones that may be deemed a threat. In 2018, Congress passed a law that allowed federal law-enforcement to down drones using methods ranging from simple nets, to shooting them down. The NYPD is pushing to pass legislation that would allow them, a local agency, to have the same permissions. These efforts have drawn criticism from groups such as the ACLU, who asserts that it is unconstitutional to disable a drone if there wasn’t adequate evidence of a credible threat.
In NYC, illegal drone incidents have syrocketed from 3 in 2013 to 550 in 2017, which shows that finding a solution soon is imperative. As a short term solution, the NYPD has launched a program with 14 drones that will be used in rescue msisions, traffic situations, and monitoring events such as the New York Marathon.
Question for my classmates:
Are there any other new technologies that could pose a threat to society?