Drones over Docklands Harbinger of the Future of Surveillance?

Talking to someone who protested the DESI arms trading show in Docklands, East London this summer, I was made aware that one or more of the companies at DESI were demonstrating drones above the streets of east London. I wasn’t able to find a published record of this, but I did come across an article about the proposed use of drones to survey crowds at the 2012 Olympics in London.

In future all public gatherings of note may be monitored by spy-in-the-sky robotic drones, which can say in the sky for hours and return high resolution photos for future viewing of security officers. With protesters now being rebranded as ‘domestic extremists’ by the police, this is a worrying trend. No more will the intimidating thud of police helicopters be heard overhead; now observations will be made quietly and almost unseen.

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