Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
Acting With Technology Series
The MIT Press
Welcome to the Open Peer Review platform for The Good Drone. The manuscript draft will be open for a review period through May 1, 2019, after which it will be trundled off to a printing press somewhere. Thank you for your willingness to have a look at these ideas and to help make them better. I’m excited about this space for reasons that are both practical as well as philosophical.
I wrote this book out of a frustration that assessments of social movements, my home turf, had less to say about technologies like drones than they aught. Colleagues focused on technology, media, and society spent all kinds of time thinking about contentious politics, protests, revolutions, and social movements, but my colleagues in contentious politics have spent less time thinking about science, technology, and media. This book is an attempt to pass notes between these two camps.
Open Peer Review gives me a chance to improve on this note-passing. Have I done a good job introducing what it is that social movements do, and how they use technology? In what ways could I better interlace the lessons from science and technology studies with the kinds of questions that keep social movement folks up at night?
This clarity is additionally important since I’m hoping this volume is of interest to those working to both use and regulate drones—policymakers, entrepreneurs, and activists. This book will only be as useful as it is sharp, clear, and focused.
Knowledge should be free. Upon publication (perhaps late 2019), this book will be available in traditional forms (physical book and e-copy), but it will also be a free, downloadable, open access PDF. Open Access is about democratizing dissemination.
Free knowledge should be well-informed. This project has been through peer review @MITPress, and has benefitted from input from dozens of other readers. Open Peer Review is an opportunity to hear from an even broader range of voices. In other words, Open Peer Review goes some way toward democratizing knowledge production.
This book will be better for having had you read it and provide feedback. Get started however you’d like. Find a particular chapter that strikes your fancy. Do a keyword search on a topic (graffiti, chickens, Camera Lucida). Suggest additional cases, URLs, videos, images, GitHub resources, and so forth. If this space is sufficiently dynamic, then it can serve as an enhanced repository that lives on after the book’s been bound.