The Cozy Relationship Between Cops and a Drone Manufacturer

Emails obtained by Motherboard reveal a disturbingly close relationship between a drone manufacturer and the police.
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Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard's podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet.

Drones are here to stay. The U.S. Military may have pioneered the art of using drones in a war zone, but America’s cops are pushing the tech on the homefront. From the Boston Dynamics dogs taking temperatures in Hawaii to quadcopters patrolling the skies, the cops are very interested in drone tech.


One of the big companies in the field is Skydio. It advertises itself directly to police officers and has cultivated relationships with departments across the country. This week on Cyber, host Matthew Gault and Motherboard Editor-in-Chief Jason Koebler discuss the close relationship between Skydio and America’s police.

Stories discussed in this episode:

When Police Do Marketing for Surveillance Tech Companies

World’s Richest Man Gets What He Wanted (Elon Musk Becomes King Shit of Turd Mountain)

Everything You Need to Know About Ring, Amazon’s Surveillance Camera Company

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