New Drone Databases Provide Info on Global Regulation, Civil Use


Nonprofit institute New America has launched ‘World of Drones,’ which comprises two databases about drones worldwide – regulation and civil use.

According to the organization, the site provides a single destination for up-to-date information about global drone regulations. It also includes a database to illustrate the diverse uses of drones in disaster response, mapping efforts, environmental monitoring and other applications. This database has over 120 civil drone projects.

Both databases will be updated regularly, and New America invites drone users, regulators and interested members of the public to proactively inform the organization of developments.

“These databases will be a valuable resource both for people seeking to fly drones and for those seeking to understand what drones are capable of accomplishing,” says Peter Bergen, vice president of New America and director of the International Security and Future of War programs.

These maps are a joint effort of New America's International Security Program and Open Technology Institute. They are part of a larger project that builds on the policy and expertise of both programs to provide critical analyses of the challenges facing those who would use drones and other aerial surveillance platforms to combat poverty and insecurity. They are made possible with support from Omidyar Network and Humanity United.

More information, including access to the databases, can be found here.

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