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05:22 pm, rainabloom
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When the Chinese government is proud of you? it is time to step back and re-evaluate your choices.
Activists? Scholars? Esp. those in the UK? Get on this and get loud.
thedailywhat:

Bigger Brother of the Day: MI5, the British intelligence agency normally tasked with hunting down terrorists, will collaborate with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to assist police in locating individuals suspected of using social networking services to orchestrate looting raids.
The agencies will employ their advanced technologies to track down alleged instigators using intercepted BlackBerry Messenger broadcasts that police were unable to decrypt or trace.
In related news, two men in their early twenties were sentenced today by a court in Cheshire to four years in prison for inciting local “riot events” via Facebook. “You sought to take advantage of crime elsewhere and transpose it to the peaceful streets of Northwich,” Judge Elgan Edwards QC said during sentencing. “No one actually turned up due to the prompt and efficient actions of police in using modern policing.”
Meanwhile, Chinese state media published words of praise for UK PM David Cameron’s proposed banning of social network users for appearing to plot criminal behavior, saying “Britain’s new attitude will help appease the quarrels between East and West over the future management of the Internet.”
[guardian: 1,2 / slashdot / image: techdirt.]

When the Chinese government is proud of you? it is time to step back and re-evaluate your choices.

Activists? Scholars? Esp. those in the UK? Get on this and get loud.

thedailywhat:

Bigger Brother of the Day: MI5, the British intelligence agency normally tasked with hunting down terrorists, will collaborate with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to assist police in locating individuals suspected of using social networking services to orchestrate looting raids.

The agencies will employ their advanced technologies to track down alleged instigators using intercepted BlackBerry Messenger broadcasts that police were unable to decrypt or trace.

In related news, two men in their early twenties were sentenced today by a court in Cheshire to four years in prison for inciting local “riot events” via Facebook. “You sought to take advantage of crime elsewhere and transpose it to the peaceful streets of Northwich,” Judge Elgan Edwards QC said during sentencing. “No one actually turned up due to the prompt and efficient actions of police in using modern policing.”

Meanwhile, Chinese state media published words of praise for UK PM David Cameron’s proposed banning of social network users for appearing to plot criminal behavior, saying “Britain’s new attitude will help appease the quarrels between East and West over the future management of the Internet.”

[guardian: 1,2 / slashdot / image: techdirt.]


10:31 am, rainabloom
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thedailywhat:

This Won’t End Well of the Day: Speaking before  parliament, UK PM David Cameron said he has ordered an inquiry into the  possibility of banning users from social networks such as Twitter and  Facebook if it is determined that they are planning to engage in  criminal behavior.
“Free flow of information can be used for  good. But it can also be used for ill,” Cameron said. “And when people  are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are  working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look  at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these  websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder  and criminality.”
Cameron added that he asked the police “if they need any other new powers.”
Home  Secretary Theresa May will hold meetings with representatives from  Facebbok, Twitter, and RIM to discuss their role in preventing future  riots. “All of them should think about their responsibility and about  taking down those images,” Cameron said in reference to Facebook and  Twitter posts he believes could incite further unrest.
[guardian / photo: emilyjackett.]

Are persons in positions of power this hell-bent on pretending that they’re not part of the system that bears some responsibility for what’s happened in London? Does David Cameron honestly believe that stopping people from communicating on Facebook and Twitter is going to do anything at all? Is he and anyone who agrees with him truly this ignorant about how people interact online? Do they realize how many heads this hydra has?

thedailywhat:

This Won’t End Well of the Day: Speaking before parliament, UK PM David Cameron said he has ordered an inquiry into the possibility of banning users from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook if it is determined that they are planning to engage in criminal behavior.

“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill,” Cameron said. “And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”

Cameron added that he asked the police “if they need any other new powers.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will hold meetings with representatives from Facebbok, Twitter, and RIM to discuss their role in preventing future riots. “All of them should think about their responsibility and about taking down those images,” Cameron said in reference to Facebook and Twitter posts he believes could incite further unrest.

[guardian / photo: emilyjackett.]

Are persons in positions of power this hell-bent on pretending that they’re not part of the system that bears some responsibility for what’s happened in London? Does David Cameron honestly believe that stopping people from communicating on Facebook and Twitter is going to do anything at all? Is he and anyone who agrees with him truly this ignorant about how people interact online? Do they realize how many heads this hydra has?


09:28 am, rainabloom
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Sunday and Monday night’s London riot activity laid over the 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation -

The overall index is constructed from a set of domain indicators which  are weighted and combined together. 2007 & 2004 Domains: Income  deprivation, Employment deprivation, Health deprivation and disability,  Education, skills and training (children / young people sub-domain,  skills sub-domain), Barriers to housing and services (wider barriers  sub-domain, geographical barriers sub-domain), Crime, The living  environment (the indoors living sub-domain, the outdoors living  sub-domain)

Source for the above quote here. Source for the map and additional information here.

Sunday and Monday night’s London riot activity laid over the 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation -

The overall index is constructed from a set of domain indicators which are weighted and combined together. 2007 & 2004 Domains: Income deprivation, Employment deprivation, Health deprivation and disability, Education, skills and training (children / young people sub-domain, skills sub-domain), Barriers to housing and services (wider barriers sub-domain, geographical barriers sub-domain), Crime, The living environment (the indoors living sub-domain, the outdoors living sub-domain)

Source for the above quote here. Source for the map and additional information here.