What Is a Drone, Anyway?, John Villasenor (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/04/12/what-is-a-drone-anyway/) 12 April 2012
Each day brings news of military attacks by drones. A drone is, generally speaking, an "unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously – that is, without a human in control". In reality, however, unmanned aircrafts can have different degrees of remote control. The article helps us to find our way around this new category of robots, which is destined to increasingly affect civil law and the rules of war.
The Drone Threat to Privacy, John Villasenor (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-drone-threat-to-privacy) and The Drone Threat to National Security, John Villasenor (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-drone-threat-to-national-security), November 2011
In this article (split into two parts) the author investigates the legal issues of privacy and national security relating to the prolific use of drones, especially in military contexts.
Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies, Nick Wingfield and Somini Sengupta (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/technology/drones-with-an-eye-on-the-public-cleared-to-fly.html?_r =1&ref=todayspaper) 17 February 2012
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, flying drones for commercial purposes violates the rules of federal aviation. However, on February 2012, a federal law was introduced compelling the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors. At this point, the boundary between an individual’s right to privacy and public reasons of surveillance becomes increasingly vague and blurred.
Meanwhile, more and more drones are being constructed and used in all sectors, i.e. in photographing fields or for military attacks and new uses found for them, from traffic recognition to tracing animals.