March 27, 2008
'We interrupt the web to bring you this message'
In an emergency, the US president can commandeer the country's airwaves to get through to the people, hijacking terrestrial, digital and cable television and radio to get the message out. But with the internet becoming ever more central to communication is that enough? Might many people be left uninformed if only TV and radio are used? asks Tom Simonite, online technology reporter for New Scientist.
"If online video is the new television, why not interrupt YouTube videos to get the message out, or hijack everything from Twitter feeds to Facebook "pokes"? The most extreme solution might be easier to just use ISPs to interrupt everyone's browsing with the emergency message."
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