Dronestream: Every US Drone Strike

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(Forbidden Knowledge TV) Excerpts of Josh Begley's graduate thesis presentation at New York University on the history of all drone strikes performed by the US in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Begley says, "Dronestream was my attempt to take a largely-hidden data set, clean it up a little bit and make it machine-readable and to try to make it a little more visible."

Begley has created a website with real-time and historical data about every reported US drone strike. These are ongoing and the database is constantly growing.

A short animation of this data has been made, showing the dramatic rise in drone attacks after Obama took office.

He says, "...for Americans, like me, what had previously been blank spots on the map, all of a sudden, have complex stories; they have voices of their own. From 30,000 feet up, it might just look like cars and buildings - but there are people in them; people living under the drones we fly... like a sixteen year-old US Citizen, born in Denver, Colorado, who was goofy and loved Hip Hop music and was barbecuing with his cousins and died one night when, "a piece of the Sun fell out of the sky."

Begley discusses the difficulty in obtaining the names and ages of those killed, as
most of these attacks were executed by the CIA and are not officially acknowledged
but it is estimated that 98.5% of those killed in the drone strikes of recent years in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen have been civilians.

Begley asks, "What can we learn, as technologists from the data, if we don't
really have  access to it?"

He says, "...there are people now, who can speak back to the drone and be heard."



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