Government mandating digital tv
“It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all.
They monitored all communications.” As we highlighted three years ago, private industry and eventually government is planning to use microphones in the computers of an estimated Internet active Americans, as well as similar devices installed inside digital TV boxes, to spy on their life style choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.
were more than just passive receivers of programming.
According to rumor, the devices were actually capable of two-way communications, a feature which allowed certain agencies (primarily government ones) to engage in all sorts of nefarious information-gathering, everything from furtively monitoring Americans’ TV viewing habits to eavesdropping on their private conversations and activities.
This is the ultimate Big Brother scenario where by the majority of Americans and Europeans will have Orwellian telescreens watching their every move.As televisions added more features (and the advent of cable and satellite programming typically required the use of additional converter-descrambler-receiver boxes), such rumors grew additional legs, and the upcoming government-mandated switchover to digital television (DTV) — which will require those still using analog televisions to obtain converter boxes — has spawned a whole new set of “what is the government up to? The video (and accompanying explanation) cited above posits that one of the things the government is “really up to” in mandating the government switchover is foisting converter boxes with tiny cameras and microphones hidden inside them on the public.Of course, the video is just a bit of prankish fun: as photographs of a similar converter’s actual circuitry show, the box in the video is simply an ordinary converter into which someone has placed an additional gadget (which, although it is claimed to be a camera/microphone pair, contains no additional circuitry for actually transmitting captured sound or images to whoever would supposedly be monitoring them, nor does the front of the box bear any obvious opening through which ordinary light could reach the camera lens unimpeded)."I would certainly be looking critically at extending the current date, which is 2008."Just when it would be appropriate to do that I cannot say at this stage because the review has not been had." The government is carrying out six reviews into digital TV, including one on the switch off of analogue and another on allowing existing networks to offer extra channels.
He was trying to convince me that many of the digital TV convert boxes that are coming out have microphones and cameras built into them.