We are excited to offer a Surveillance Drones Presentation on Thursday, March 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm, at Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602.
This presentation offers a basic overview of the history of surveillance in the U.S., how it is currently used, privacy laws, a bit about surveillance drone technology, and what to expect from the growing access to and use of this technology. This event will highlight how this technology is growing faster than the infrastructure that seeks to secure rights of people here in the United States. The presentation will also focus on statewide efforts to limit drone surveillance, specifically the bill proposed by Senators Ashe and Benning. Currently, the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont (ACLU), under the guidance of Executive Director Allen Gilbert, has been working hard to pass a bill designed to enhance privacy protection through regulating electronic communications, automated license plate readers, and the usage of drones, among other things. This bill was introduced to the Vermont State Senate during the 2015-2016 term (S.18, Act 32), but as of now, the parts of the bill relating to drone surveillance have not been passed. It is likely that the portion of the bill relating to drone use will be very similar, if not completely the same, as the language in the original draft. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and discussion of local actions including next steps such as passing a local resolution about police and government drone use. This event is being presented by Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Peace & Justice Center. We hope to see you there!