Monday, August 15, 2011

London riots: Britain weighs personal freedoms against need to keep order - The Washington Post

Via ACM TechNews

After four nights of lawlessness that has upended British society and seen 1,200 alleged looters and arsonists swept off the streets, the government is also targeting a digital culprit: social media.

Governments from China to the authoritarian regimes challenged by the Arab Spring have sought to control social networking sites, fearing their power to connect and organize dissidents hungry for democracy. But Britain is weighing an unprecedented move to intervene in the personal communication of its citizens after concluding just the opposite: that social media, including BlackBerry Messenger and Twitter, are undermining its vibrant democracy.

London riots: Britain weighs personal freedoms against need to keep order - The Washington Post

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