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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Proposed FAA regulations for recreational drones

Monday, October 19, 2015

Queen's University sociology expert Ciara Bracken-Roche is available to comment on a proposal by US regulators to require recreational drone pilots to register their devices.

"Recreational use of drones requires a unique set of regulations that is made clear and accessible to hobbyist users so as to avoid a Wild West approach to drones," says Ms. Bracken-Roche. 

"Coupled with design standards on the manufacturer end, such as geofencing programmed into drones' software, a standardized set of regulations will go a long way to mitigate a Wild West with drones"

Ciara Bracken-Roche is a second-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and the Surveillance Studies Centre. Her dissertation research analyzes the contribution of unmanned aerial systems to the rapid expansion of security, policing and commercial surveillance. 

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