Public safety radio moving to encrypted systems has left me trying to self-formulate and explain what a replacement for public monitoring looks like. I have yet to articulate an idea well, let alone document it. And, unfortunately, I have to assume that's because I haven't yet imagined or conceptualized a solution well first.
What I do have are a loose array of outlines going in one direction or another, with the idea that most excites me being that of a human-based reporting network. That is to say, I hope that as average people lose the ability to eavesdrop on police or fire radio signals, they will form human networks of radio teams that "patrol and report", spotting on and contributing to local newsfeeds in real-time of various sorts and platforms. Digital tools for that exist today in off-the-shelf social media tools like Twitter and other platforms, as do cheap analog radio backbones such as old-fashioned CB radio.
By Dave for for BuffScan.