schwit1 writes with news from London that Olympic venues are being patrolled by so-called "Wi-Fi police,"
who seek out and shut down unauthorized access points and hotspots
. BT is the "official communications services provider" for the Games, so access points other than the ones they set up or approve have been disallowed
. A picture tweeted from the Olympics shows a gentleman carrying a portable direction antenna
that can localize sources
of transmission and interference.
"One possible aim of shutting down such WiFi access points is to cut down on interference with essential wireless communications being used by those refereeing, reporting on and working at the sporting events. ... The news of the WiFi crackdown has angered many of those following the Games online, who were already upset at Olympic authorities' attempts to limit the use of social networking tools at the Games at certain times. The London Olympics had been billed as the first 'social media Games,' but organizers have been accused of bungling the effort to seamlessly integrate popular technologies like Twitter and Facebook into the event."