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Washington (UPI) Nov 01, 2016 –
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has received a $190 million U.S. Army contract for support work on the MQ-5B Hunter drone program.
In particular, the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract covers continuation of contractor logi…
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2016 –
C-Astral Aerospace and Alta Devices have announced that Alta’s world record-breaking solar technology will be used to significantly extend the endurance for the most sophisticated of C-Astral’s next generation unman…
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2016 –
AAI Corp. has been awarded a $206 million U.S. Army contract for work on the Australia’s RQ-7B Shadow drone program.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee foreign military sales contract will cover contractor logistics sustainment s…
Monrovia CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2016 –
AeroVironment has announced the receipt of a contract from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence on October 14 for small UAS, upgrades and support services totaling $10,321,375. Delivery is anticipated within six month…
Salahiyah, Iraq (AFP) Nov 6, 2016 –
On the Mosul front lines, Iraqi forces have found a new tool to counter the Islamic State group’s suicide car bombs: small commercial drones.
“It’s a car bomb!” Mohammed Salih alerted his forces after checking th…
Jacksonville, Fla. (UPI) Nov 01, 2016 –
The U.S. Navy’s first drone squadron was stood up Friday at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
The new unit will be known as Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 and is comprised of Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C Trit…
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 3, 2016 –
The convoy had stopped for prayers in a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan when the Hellfire missiles came out of a clear blue sky, incinerating vehicles and liquidating 23 unarmed civilians.
The February 201…
Beijing (UPI) Nov 3, 2016 –
China has granted an export license for the CH-5 reconnaissance and combat drone, the state-run China Daily website reported this week.
The report called the drone one of the most powerful in the world, twice as big as it…
Espoo, Finland (SPX) Nov 08, 2016 –
The development of mobile devices has set increasingly high requirements for wireless networks and the emission of radio frequencies. Researcher Vasilii Semkin together with a research group at Aalto University an…
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 02, 2016 –
China’s new CH-5 drone is currently on display at the 2006 International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in China, according to local media. CH-5, China’s latest Rainbow-series unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is now o…
Prominent digital journalist Tim Pool published a video Wednesday in which he explained why the recent crackdown on fake news and banning of alt-right Twitter accounts has him worried for the future of media.
“I am terrified of a future where people will not share their opinions because people are being banned or ostracized,” Pool said.
Pool explained at the outset of the 13-minute video that prior to the golden age of the internet, the media “was basically just this big top-down approach.”
“You had the broadcast tower and it determined what the story was going to be for the masses,” he said.
“When the internet started, we slowly saw that tower start splitting and it started becoming more of a pyramid with different tiers,” Pool said. “Now we are at this really interesting point where there is no top of the pyramid anymore.”
The journalist noted that the current landscape has given way to new opinion outlets. More importantly, however, the landscape has allowed websites that propagate fake news, or stories that only contain a sliver of truth, to flourish.
Members of the media have suggested fake news was partially responsible for the unforeseen election of President-elect Donald Trump. As a result, there have been calls for Facebook and Google to crackdown on outlets that publish such stories. But Pool said in his video that it wasn’t perhaps a good idea.
“This really scares me, because are we going to have Google decide what news is real and what isn’t? Are we going to have Facebook?” he asked. “Why are these tech companies going to be the ones who determine the news you put out is legitimate?”
Pool said this week’s banning of alt-right Twitter accounts, which the social-media company said was done because the effected users had violated its terms-of-service agreement, was equally concerning. He called it “shocking” and said while he doesn’t like their opinions, it “scares” him to think the social-media company would ban someone for their political viewpoints.
“It gets kind of scary because now we are going to have tech companies deciding who is allowed to speak, what news is real and what news isn’t, and we are reverting back to a state where only those in power determine what we are allowed to say,” he said.
The journalist added: “We are reverting back to the state of the controlled narrative.”
Pool said he’s heard many individuals have switched their accounts to private or chosen not to express their views out of fear of “being banned or ostracized.”
“And I think that may be another contributing factor to why we couldn’t predict this election. How many people did not want to say they were voting for Trump, but were planning on doing so?” he asked. “I’m sure it was a lot. And it is scary now because a lot of people who supported him are banned from Twitter.”
Pool gained fame for his on-the-ground coverage of the protests in Ferguson and the larger civil unrest across the country. In August, he landed in national headlines for pulling out of Milwaukee, where he was covering Black Lives Matter demonstrations, saying it was “just not safe” to be in the field for individuals who were “perceivably white.”