Today I appeared on KPCC’s AirTalk to discuss an incident in Orange County where a drunk man destroyed a drone valued at $1350.
Here is a video of the incident:
Destruction of property in California is a crime, and is a felony when the property is valued at more than $400.
This drone was being operated on a public street by LuckySeven company. There is a lot of confusion among many regarding which laws (Federal vs State vs Local) apply to drones. In this case, the intoxicated man was not being harmed in any way, and yet, took it upon himself to maliciously destroy property belonging to another person. (more…)
On March 24, 2015 I will be presenting “Drones And Agriculture: The Legal Framework.” The presentation will be part of the 8th Annual Integrated Pest Management Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The specific panel is part of a four part series that day, entitled “Advanced Technology for Precision IPM: Latest Developments with Examples from the Field and Legal Considerations.”
On March 18, Pepperdine School of Law professor Gregory S. McNeal will testify before the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. The hearing is entitled “Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies.”
McNeal, recently named in a list of “Seven of the Most Influential Players in the Drone Industry” by Dronelife, will be speaking from his research and writing regarding the domestic use of non-military drones. He will acknowledge that while the emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles “raises understandable concerns that may require employment of mitigation technologies,” Congress should be cognizant of four issues before taking tangible steps: (more…)
Drone Life magazine has named me one of the “7 Most Influential Players In The Drone Industry” This is a fun honor, especially given the great names on the list. There are many others who could just as easily have been on this list, but I nevertheless appreciate being named.
Here is an excerpt from the piece:
The Drone Revolution is upon us. Every day there is a new headline. Every day someone starts a new company. People are flocking to this industry and it is creating a snowball effect of popularity and investments. But as with any rise in technology, there are certain ‘powers that be’ making the whole thing happen. Dronelife spoke to these players to help you put faces to names and get their take on the rise of the drone: (more…)
I will be presenting my paper “Surveillance and the City” at the 3rd Annual Local Government Law Works-In-Progress Workshop at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Read more for the paper abstract: (more…)
This Thursday I will be speaking at the University of Michigan Law School, the talk is titled “Drones and the Future: Innovation, Regulation and Policy.” The abstract and flier appear below.
Drones. They are filling the skies and may be delivering your next package. But what role do privacy and regulation play in the new brave new world?
Professor Greg McNeal is one of the leading experts on the use, regulation, and policy questions regarding drones in the public and private sectors. Come hear him speak on the topic.
Drones and the Future: Innovation, Regulation, and Privacy
On February 9th I will be making a presentation at Stanford Law School. The title of the talk is “Google and Amazon Drones: Regulation vs. Innovation.”
The event is free and open to the public, so please stop by if you are in the area. (more…)
Today at UCLA I’ll be discussing drones with UCLA law professor Stuart Banner. The talk is entitled “The Fight For The Skies: Domestic Drones, Property, Privacy and the Future” If you’re in the area, please feel free to drop in for the talk.
On Monday, January 26th I’ll be discussing cybersecurity at the University of Virginia. The talk is entitled “Responding to the Sony Hacks: An Overview Of Cyberattacks, National Security, and Transnational Crime”
If you’re in Charlottesville, come say hello.
The downloads continue as “Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” is now listed on 7 top download lists. Again, it’s not a big deal, but it is nice to see that my essay Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s Interpretive Secrecy Problem is reaching different audiences, finding its way onto seven different top ten lists: