Some are calling for a “code of tech ethics”, particularly regarding social media and privacy issues. Where this is logically headed is to Professional Engineer licensing for at least some software engineers who would sign off on projects.
Columnist proposes the establishment of a new government agency known as an “Algorithm Czar” to regulate all algorithms used in computing. The author is unaware that Courts have ruled algorithms are speech that is protected by the First Amendment in the U.S.
NPR makes an assertion that 1984 is when personal computers in the home emerged and that parents only bought personal computers for their sons. The first assertion is false and the second assertion is made without any supporting evidence. The latter assertion provides no meaningful explanation for women in computer science prior to the mid-1980s nor that most young women today have a personal computer but still are, apparently, not going into computer science.
U.S. Copyright Office expands copyright exemptions for fair use, security research and other activities
U.S. Copyright Office gives okay to computer security researchers to thwart copyright protection systems for the purpose of good faith security research. This, and many other exemptions, have been added into the rules for accessing copy protected works.
AOPA sees government fees for future drone flying, certainly for commercial operations but also likely for recreational flyers depending on their locations. We may know more within 6 months. Additionally, mandatory beacon ID/transponders likely to be required for model aircraft, depending on where they are flown; hopefully areas including Class G airspace will be exempt.
If Democrats regain control of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become head of the House transportation committee with oversight of the FAA. He appears to favor strong regulation of all model aircraft operations in the United States. What impact is this likely to have on model aviation or consumer drone/quadcopter activities?
To understand where Congress and the FAA are likely headed in regards to drone regulation, we look at public statements of Congressional representatives, the FAA and the drone industry. As these issues are under debated as part of the FAA funding bill, we should know within a few weeks where the regulatory environment is going.
What happened to ultralights? And does this foreshadow what may happen to drones and quadcopters? I lay out a case for what happens next: we are proceeding down a path where regulatory hurdles will do to model aircraft and quadcopters what the FAA did to ultralights (largely killing them off). Read the whole article to see the details.