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Drones as Disruption


November 6, 2015

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law 

Introduction and Welcome

Caroline C. Whitacre, PhDDavid B. Williams, PhDMargot E. Kaminski

Panel I: 9:00-10:15

Drones as Aircraft: The FAA’s Safety Mandate

What aspects of drones should the FAA regulate under its aircraft safety mandate? What counts as “safety”? What doesn’t count?

Brendan Schulman, Anne SwansonJohn Valasek, Jim Williams, Noel Zamot

Moderated by Peter M. Shane of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Coffee Break 10:15-10:45


Panel II: 10:45-12:00

Drones as Opportunities: Data, Research, & Speech

What are the opportunities that drones present? How are these opportunities addressed by the law?

Marc J. Blitz, Thomas Mackie, Nabiha Syed, Matt Waite

Moderated by Dale A. Oesterle of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Lunch break 12:00-1:30, Lunch is provided for registrants.


Panel III: 1:30-2:45

Drones as Threats: Privacy and Property Rights

Drones gather data. What data is necessary for drones to safely function?

What privacy and property-related threats do drones present? How are these threats addressed by the law?

Ella Atkins, A. Michael Froomkin, Stephen E. Henderson, Gregory McNeal, Jay Stanley

Moderated by Liz Woolery of the Open Technology Institute, New America


Coffee Break: 2:45-3:15


Keynote: 3:15-3:45

Mr. André Hentz, Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Panel IV: 3:45-5:00

Drones and the Regulators: Who (Else) Should Regulate What

Drones present a wide variety of policy puzzles. Other than the FAA, who (if anybody) should regulate, and what should they regulate? Or is self-regulation the better option?

Troy A. Rule, Ryan Smith, Kristen Thomasen, Theodore J. Wierzbanowski

Moderated by Konstantin Kakaes of the Open Technology Institute, New America