Understanding Empire is the blog of Dr Ian Shaw, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow, and provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, geopolitics and future of drones.
In his university bio, Shaw says
I am interested in the geopolitical transformations associated with the rise of drones in U.S. national security strategy and beyond. In particular, my approach emphasises why the drone is a political actor – a technology that is slowly but definitively changing social, territorial, and sovereign relations. In this sense, I think through the ways that drones are existentialforces that shape our being-in-the-world.
With over 20 academic publications to his name, Shaw’s blog holds treasures such as this piece by Glasgow-based Butler Brothers A Song In Praise of DARPA. Not something you hear every day.
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The Center for the Study of the Drone is an interdisciplinary research community working to understand unmanned and autonomous vehicles. The Center for the Study of the Drone was founded at Bard College in 2012