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Is the following quote considering the legislation of drones and aerial surveillance correct?

Asked by luigirovatti (2163points) 2 months ago

“The looming prospect of expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles, colloquially known as drones, has raised understandable concerns for lawmakers. Those concerns have led some to call for legislation mandating that nearly all uses of drones be prohibited unless the government has first obtained a warrant. Privacy advocates have mounted a lobbying campaign that has succeeded in convincing thirteen states to enact laws regulating the use of drones by law enforcement, with eleven of those thirteen states requiring a warrant before the government may use a drone. The campaigns mounted by privacy advocates oftentimes make a compelling case about the threat of pervasive surveillance, but the legislation is rarely tailored in such a way to prevent the harm that advocates fear. In fact, in every state where legislation was passed, the new laws are focused on the technology (drones) not the harm (pervasive surveillance). In many cases, this technology centric approach creates perverse results, allowing the use of extremely sophisticated pervasive surveillance technologies from manned aircraft, while disallowing benign uses of drones for mundane tasks like accident and crime scene documentation, or monitoring of industrial pollution and other environmental harms.”

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Who wrote this, and for what purpose?

It seems terrible slanted (use of the word ‘perverse’ several times) and clearly is trying to persuade people to think one way or another.

It isn’t objective, isn’t based on facts – it’s just repeating some gibberish for some populist reasons.

Bottom line: I can’t take it seriously. It is a whine.

luigirovatti's avatar

https://www.brookings.edu/research/drones-and-aerial-surveillance-considerations-for-legislatures/

And, it might be wrong-written, let’s say, but it doesn’t mean the law can express itself in such a clear way to prevent any wrongdoings.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

But the legislation is rarely tailored in such a way to prevent the harm that advocates fear. In fact, in every state where legislation was passed, the new laws are focused on the technology (drones) not the harm (pervasive surveillance)... this technology centric approach creates perverse results

I don’t know about the particular laws, but I understand the problem of overly specific laws, targeting the means, not the ends. Imagine if we didn’t have a crime of murder, but instead there was a law against killing someone with a knife. When swords are invented, you need a new law against sword-killing. Then guns arrive and you write another law.

Whoops, we forgot poison, and that led to a poisoning fad.That is a perverse result.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@elbanditoroso…the word was “pervasive,” not “perverse.”

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Dutchess_III I think he edited it – it was ‘perverse’ when I first read it,.

luigirovatti's avatar

@elbanditoroso: I did not certainly edit it. It was “pervasive” in the beginning and “perverse” after. (”(pervasive surveillance). In many cases, this technology centric approach creates perverse results”).

If you search keywords in the webpage of which I gave you the link, you’ll find it’s the exact same text (1st paragraph, if I recall). Now, I don’t intend to admit something I didn’t certainly do, and if you insist I did it, you’re spamming, and I’m going to report you.

luigirovatti's avatar

As a sidenote, I did edit something, but not the text: just the mention of the footnotes ”[1]” and ”[2]”. If you search on the webpage, you’ll see they’re there. I removed them for purposes of readability.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Perverse and pervasive are both in the original text.

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