Hi, I’m Brian, I Teach Refugees To Map Their World With GIS

I first visited the Zaatari refugee camp in early 2015. Located in northern Jordan, the camp is home to more than 80,000 Syrian refugees. I was there as part of a research study on refugee camp wireless and information infrastructure. It’s one thing to read about...

DJI Turns Iraq And Syria Into No-Fly Zones

A recent trend amongst terrorists in the Middle East has been to equip off-the-shelf drones with rudimentary explosives to turn them into miniature bombers. But the world’s largest drone manufacturer is fighting back. Last year, the Pentagon announced that...

DIY Drones Happen Everywhere Even In The Backyards Of Baghdad

The face of homebrew, remote-controlled military robotics in Iraq is a man named Ali Hashem al-Daraji, better known by the nickname Abu Ali. In 2014 he was a policeman for Iraq’s interior ministry, but in June of that year, when the Iraqi Security Forces collapsed as...