Friday, December 23, 2011

Activists Fight Back With ‘Occucopter’ Drone

Posted on Dec 21, 2011

The worldwide uprisings of 2011 have seen ordinary people use surveillance and communication technology to protect themselves against oppressive governments. Now, New York City’s Occupiers are taking such tactics to the skies with the “occucopter,” a lightweight, camera-mounted helicopter that can be controlled with an iPhone.

OWS activist Tim Pool brought the technology to the movement. He’s modified the recording software to make it livestream ready and is busy making further adjustments that would enable multiple long distance operators to take control of the device in the event authorities shut down any number of them.


He told us that the reason he is doing this “comes back to giving ordinary people the same tools that these multimillion-dollar news corporations have. It provides a clever loophole around certain restrictions such as when the police block press from taking shots of an incident.”



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