Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Amazon healthcare — the drone will see you now

BY: - August 13, 2022

“Good morning, Mr. uhhhhh, Broncossuck83! Please sign in with your password and take a seat. The doctor will be right with you.” “Shouldn’t you use my real name? I mean, I know Amazon bought my doctor’s practice and nearly 200 others in large cities across the country, but I don’t feel right about using my […]

Monday numbers: DOT budget includes $5 million for unmanned aircraft systems

BY: - November 29, 2021

The new state budget, signed into law by Gov. Cooper, the General Assembly included a raft of one-time appropriations of varying sizes that feature extremely vague descriptions and very few details as to the specific purpose for which the funds are to be used. For example, in the Department of Transportation budget, General Assembly allotted a $5 million grant to a Winston-Salem nonprofit known as AeroX for the "development of an urban advanced air mobility system."

Another hidden gem: Troubling new law on drones slipped into the state budget bill

BY: - August 13, 2014

As Sarah Ovaska reported this morning in her story on some of the hidden gems in this year’s state budget bill, North Carolina now has – with virtually no meaningful public discussion — a new and flawed law on the use of those cute little aerial spying machines known as “drones.” Unmanned aircraft, also known […]

Poll: North Carolinians want checks on drone surveillance

BY: - March 12, 2014

North Carolina lawmakers moving quickly ahead with troubling proposals to rapidly expand law enforcement surveillance via unmanned “drone” aircraft should take a look at the newest poll numbers on the subject. This is new from the good folks at the ACLU of North Carolina: Poll: 72% of North Carolina Voters Support Warrant Requirement for Drone […]

Legislative committee on drones: Yet another ALEC-inspired front for industry?

BY: - January 21, 2014

The debate over the use of drones – especially by domestic law enforcement agencies – is an issue that’s drawing lots of attention these days as more and more citizens and public officials of all political persuasions worry about the privacy implications. Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly considered a promising bit of legislation […]

One small bit of bipartisan cooperation

BY: - March 14, 2013

From the good folks at the ACLU-NC: ACLU-NC Applauds Bipartisan Bill to Limit Drone Use in North Carolina Bill Would Place Safeguards on Use of Drones for Surveillance Purposes RALEIGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is voicing its strong support for a bipartisan bill introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly […]