January 19, 2022

Two New Databases: New America Foundation Launches “World of Drones” (Regulations and Civil Use of Drones)

From the New America Foundation:

New America is pleased to announce the public release of “World of Drones,” comprising two new databases, of drone regulation and civil drone use, which can be found at: drones.newamerica.org.

As drones have grown cheaper and more capable, they are becoming much more common. Nevertheless, until today, drone users have not had a single destination with up-to-date information about worldwide drone regulations. This site fills that gap. In some countries, the regulation of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) is quickly changing; many others still lack a clear regulatory regime. The map of UAV regulations is New America’s effort to gather in a single place the best available information about the current state of global drone regulation.

The new website also includes a database of over 120 civil drone projects that is meant to illustrate the diverse uses of drones in disaster response, mapping efforts, environmental monitoring, and other applications. It includes examples like mapmaking drone flights made by Peruvian archaeologists and by an NGO that worked with Guyanese villagers, the UAV response to the earthquake earlier this year in Nepal, and efforts by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to use drones to protect civilians.


These maps are a joint effort of New America’s International Security Program and Open Technology Institute. They are part of a larger project that builds on the policy and technical expertise of both programs to provide critical analyses of the challenges facing those who would use drones and other aerial surveillance platforms to combat poverty and insecurity. They are made possible with support from Omidyar Network and Humanity United.

Direct to World of Drones Database

and Another UAV Reference Resources…

See Also: New Map Reference Resource: AirMap, a New Online Digital Atlas For Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) (May 5, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.