A really well balanced, correct and insightful article on ABC News Australia, very much in contrast with what is coming out of the mainstream press in the USA.
Drones play an increasing and controversial role in modern warfare. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Iran and Yemen, they have become a ubiquitous symbol of Washington’s war on terrorism.
Critics point to the mounting drone-induced death toll as evidence that machines, no matter how sophisticated, cannot discriminate between combatants and innocent bystanders.
Now drones are starting to fly into a more peaceful, yet equally controversial role in the media. Rapid technological advances in low-cost aerial platforms herald the age of drone journalism.
But it will not be all smooth flying: this new media tool can expect to be buffeted by the issues of safety, ethics and legality.