FLASHBACK: 2003: PUBLIC DIGITAL TELEVISION: IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


FLASHBACK: 2003: PUBLIC DIGITAL TELEVISION: IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY

Whitepaper discusses switch from analog to digital television, proposes Nationwide Alert System (in case of terrorism, of course), and reveals some very interesting things, such as [emphasis mine]:

    • The system is “addressable” so that public safety agencies can pinpoint to whom the data is sent... they can send targeted, encrypted information to certain authorized individuals.....

    • new digital technologies to create and deploy a platform that will enable two-way and point-to-point communications. This system can be leveraged to support a national homeland security alert system....

    • digital broadcast streams may be compressed—which creates the opportunity to use that spectrum for other purposes....

Hmmm. I'm sure those other purposes are good ones. Certainly that targeting won't be used except in emergencies, hmm? And that two-way thing - with consent. of course.

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