There will always be people who abuse new technologies, but I believe that, as a community, journalists are doing a good job self-regulating. There are social media groups where we discuss issues and bring attention to good uses of the technology as well as potential concerns. Professional organizations like the National Press Photographers Association and the Poynter Institute have also come up with an excellent Drone Journalism Code of Ethics.
Drones may seem like toys, but if they are used without proper training and safeguards, they can very easily turn into a threat to air safety.
In addition to safety, people’s expectation of privacy is something we must consider. It is best to talk with anyone whose privacy you have the possibility of violating, before you fly and to think about what you are comfortable doing with your camera on the ground and extending that into the sky. Just because you can peer into someone’s backyard doesn’t mean you should.
Outside work, what tech product are you currently obsessed with?
My wife and I recently purchased the Frame TV from Samsung. When I first saw it, I was fooled into thinking it was a framed photograph surrounded by a mat.