A U.S. drone advisory group has been meeting in secret for months. It hasn’t gone well.


Brendan Schulman and members of Task Group 1 monitor drone altitudes in Reston, Va. on July 11, 2017.  Schulman, the group’s co-chair, told a reporter the gathering was confidential and being held on private property, before walking with others out of earshot. (Reza A. Marvashti/For The Washington Post)

 October 23 at 2:23 PM
A government advisory group has been holding confidential meetings to shape U.S. policy on drones, deliberating privately about who should regulate a burgeoning industry that will affect everything from package delivery to personal privacy.

The federal group includes industry insiders with a financial stake in the outcome and is co-chaired by a lobbyist for DJI, a Chinese drone maker that dominates the U.S. market. In January, the Federal Aviation Administration asked the group to figure out what influence state and local governments should have over drones in their communities.

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