Blog entries from: iRevolution

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September 15 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 15 2014, 13:19:36

The winner of the Drone Social Innovation Award has just been announced! The $10,000 prize is awarded to the most socially beneficial, documented use of a UAV platform that costs less than $3,000. The purpose of this award is to "spur innovation, investment, and attention to ... Continue reading →

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September 14 2014

From iRevolution Sun Sep 14 2014, 01:41:36

My colleague Helena Puig Larrauri recently published this excellent piece on the ethical problems & possible solutions to using UAVs for good in conflict settings. I highly recommend reading her article. The purpose of my blog post is simply to reflect on the important ... Continue reading →

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September 9 2014

From iRevolution Tue Sep 9 2014, 05:06:13

UAVs are increasingly used in humanitarian response. We have thus added a new Clicker to our MicroMappers collection. The purpose of the "Aerial Clicker" is to crowdsource the tagging of aerial imagery captured by UAVs in humanitarian settings. Trying out ... Continue reading →

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September 8 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 8 2014, 01:00:15

UAVs are increasingly being flown autonomously rather than manually. But how does this actually work? In this blog post, I seek to "demystify" the process of programming UAV flights. While a number of platforms exist to program UAVs, they largely resemble each other. So ... Continue reading →

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September 7 2014

From iRevolution Sun Sep 7 2014, 04:07:35

My colleague Leysia Palen recently co-authored an important study (PDF) on tweets posted during last year's major floods in Colorado. As Leysia et al. write, "Because the flooding was widespread, it impacted many canyons and closed off access to communities for a long ... Continue reading →

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September 6 2014

From iRevolution Sat Sep 6 2014, 04:16:50

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) recently sent me this article written by Alyoscia D'Onofrio (their Senior Director for Governance & Rights Programs) who kindly invited me to comment. So I'll first summarize his key points and will then add my own commentary. As always, I very much welcome ... Continue reading →

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September 1 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 1 2014, 13:58:24

Aerial footage captured by a small civilian UAV/drone shows the scale of the devastation caused by Israeli bombardment during the recent conflict: Media Town, a Palestinian-based production company, flew their UAV over Gaza City's eastern suburb of Al-Shejaiya just a ... Continue reading →

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August 29 2014

From iRevolution Fri Aug 29 2014, 08:42:57

GoogleX is building and flying UAVs in the Australian outback. Codenamed Project Wing, Google's super stealthy initiative was just announced to the public via The Atlantic in this exclusive article. The hybrid UAV delivers small packages by hovering in place (pictured above) and lowering it's payloads using a thin ... Continue reading →

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August 27 2014

From iRevolution Wed Aug 27 2014, 01:00:04

The World Health Organization (WHO) is experimenting with Matternet's new quadcopters (one of which is pictured below) to transport medical supplies to remote regions in Bhutan. The country lies in the Himalayas, which makes access to public health particularly challenging for ... Continue reading →

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August 26 2014

From iRevolution Tue Aug 26 2014, 12:00:30

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) just published a pivotal policy document (PDF) on the use of civilian UAVs in humanitarian settings. Key excerpts from this 20-page & must-read publication are highlighted below. UAVs are increasingly performing civilian ... Continue reading →

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