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How to hide from drones in the age of surveillance



Drones of all sizes are used by environmentalists to monitor deforestation, by conservationists to persecute poachers, and by journalists and activists to document major protests. As a political sociologist who studies social movements and drones, I document in my new book “The Good Drone” a wide range of non-violent and pro-social drone applications. I show that these efforts have the potential to democratize surveillance.

But when the Department of Homeland Security redirects large fixed-wing drones from the U.S.-Mexico border to monitor protests, and when cities experiment with testing people with drones for a fever, it̵

7;s time to think about how many eyes are in the sky and how to avoid unwanted air monitoring. One way that almost everyone can achieve is to learn how to just get out of sight.

[Read: This cute lil’ underwater drone just spent 4 years ~ v i b i n g ~ in the Atlantic]

Crowded sky

Public use of drones has skyrocketed in the past decade – everyday people with everyday technology are doing interesting things. As drones enter the already overcrowded airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration tries to respond. In the near future, there will likely be more of these devices in the sky that will be flown by a growing number of social, political and economic players.

little drone over a city street