Drones in Oregon: Myths, Facts, and Futures

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Portland: Community Forum about Drones

The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is a controversial issue.  Most public discussion of drones has focused on military use.  Less attention has been paid to the expanding use of domestic drones. Oregon passed HB 2710, restricting public agency use of drones, but with no guidance on private use.

To help us understand the safefy and privacy concerns associated with drones, Oregonians for Drone Control is hosting a panel discussion moderated by Steve Duin between nationally known panelists - a retired US colonel, a drone industry leader, a national robotics expert, and an Oregon legislator - on the uses and limits on drone technology, and who should decide. 

Speakers include:

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright will address the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations.  Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003.  She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience. 

Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare.

Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative and member of the legislative work group that developed HB 2710, intended to provide guidance on drone uses and limits.

Sponsored by Oregonian for Drone Control, Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian Church, other.

Oregonians for Drone Control  has begun a campaign to enact laws and regulations for the operaon of drones in Oregon.  Oregon as well as most of the United States has many questions with regards to drones concerning weaponizing them and their use in surveillance.

Admission: $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds
Doors open at 6:30 PM; come early and talk with our tablers.
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, Portland, OR
Contact name: 
David Delk
(503) 232-5495


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