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Consumer drone evolutions: trends, spaces, temporalities, threats

Jackman, A. ORCID: (2019) Consumer drone evolutions: trends, spaces, temporalities, threats. Defense & Security Analysis, 35 (4). pp. 362-383. ISSN 1475-1798

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14751798.2019.1675934


While the drone has become synonymous with the War on Terror, the asymmetric iconography of the battlefield is shifting. Commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) drones are increasingly prevalent features of global battlefields, employed by non-state actors in both visualising such spaces, and the directing and inflicting of harm. As such usage increases, so too do concerns around their evolving adoption, adaptation, and potential portability into homeland spheres. While cognizant of the range of positive drone applications, it is asserted that drones nonetheless remain simultaneously bound to an inverse potential for exploitation. In examining drone risk, this article approaches the consumer drone through a series of sites and spaces through which it is technically and socially constructed. Reflecting upon industry innovation, community-driven experimentation, and evolving airspace – it calls for greater attention to the drone’s malleability, arguing that understandings of COTS drones must remain attentive to both drone potential and potential drone threat.

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Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:100319
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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