Via Matthew Ingram, GigaOm:
It seems totalitarian states like Egypt and Libya aren’t the only ones struggling with the impact of social media and the desire to muzzle services like Twitter and Facebook. In the wake of the riots in London, the British government says it’s considering shutting down access to social networks — as well as Research In Motion’s BlackBerry messenger service — and is asking the companies involved to help. Prime Minister David Cameron said not only is his government considering banning individuals from social media if they are suspected of causing disorder, but it has asked Twitter and other providers to take down posts that are contributing to “unrest.”
The British PM also said he has asked the police whether they need any new powers to stop the violence, including the ability to shut down social networks or communications services if they believe these tools are being used to incite unrest.
shout out to:futurejournalismproject
London Riots. (The BBC will never replay this. Send it out) (by mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCeGaL)
‘Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots. Speaking about the mistreatment of youths by police leading to an up-roar and the ignorance of both police and the governement. Intelligent black male. SEND THIS TO EVERYONE!
(Also, did anyone notice that the interviewer tried to make him ignorant… Complete back-fire I must say)’
I haven’t wrapped my head around everything that is going on in the UK right now. But the fact that this is not available on the bbc makes me think of this quote.
”If you’re not careful, the newspaper will have you hating the people who are oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” - Malcolm X