I am a French-American journalist and IT manager who worked for two decades for a Fortune Global 500 company in Moscow, Paris, and Brussels, alongside marketing experts tuned in to trends. Prior to that, I was a tech journalist in Paris, and before that a software developer. I was also a volunteer journalist for the Groklaw.net website, and a volunteer PR/marketing coordinator for Sugar Labs, the software offshoot of the One Laptop Per Child project.
These past years I have followed the development of civilian drone technology and studied the revolutionary disruptions these c-drones will bring to human activity. I use “c-drone” instead of acronyms like UAV, RPAS, or sUAS to simplify the subject — a marketing approach, if you will. Although some use of jargon is inevitable — BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight), for example — the wider public, intrigued yet concerned by these disruptive technologies, will (I predict) stick with the word “drone” or a variant of it.
Beyond technological developments and favorable regulatory environments, the rapidly growing c-drone industry — from $40 million to $1 billion these past five years — needs to engage with civil society. Privacy and security concerns need to be addressed. To this end, the CDR will feature exclusive interviews not only with industry actors, but with people who question what kind of brave new world of drones we want to live in.