U.S. Military Launches TroopTubeBy: Mike Sachoff - November 12, 2008
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new video-sharing Web site called TroopTube that allows users to register as members of one of the branches of the military, family, civilian Defense Department employees or supporters.
TroopTube is closely monitored with all video submissions screened by Pentagon employees before they are added to the site to filter out anything that could pose a risk to national security or that could be in violation of copyright.
The site is powered by Seattle-based start-up Delve Networks which created tools for approving and indexing newly uploaded videos. Delve also puts video files into different sizes and matches them based on a users Internet connection speed.
"Videos must fall within accepted boundaries of community standards and safety," says a message on the Military OneSource Web site describing TroopTube. Military OneSource operates the Web pages on TroopTube.
The Department of Defense blocked military personnel’s access to YouTube, MySpace, and 11 other social networking and video-sharing sites more than a year ago due to security concerns and the large amount of bandwidth usage on its networks.
Delve Chief Executive, Alex Castro, referred to TroopTube as a "retention tool" geared toward a new generation of soldiers who bring their laptops or other portable device with them to the front lines.