Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect - The New York Times

A mobile media milestone

"For what is believed to be the first time, the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man sought in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey over the weekend.

Suddenly, from commuter trains to the sidewalks of the city, millions were enlisted in the manhunt.

The message was simple: “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.”

In an instant, the reach and ubiquity of law enforcement in an age of terrorism and digital technology became apparent."
Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect - The New York Times
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