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Re: UK considers banning rioters from BBM, Twitter and Facebook

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____/ Kari Laine on Thursday 11 Aug 2011 22:42 : \____

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> On 08/11/2011 06:08 PM, Hadron wrote:
>> Hardon <hardon.quirk@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> <http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2101206/uk-considers-banning-rioters-bbm-twitter-facebook>
>>> <quote>
>>> UK PRIME MINISTER David Cameron wants to ban miscreants from using the
>>> Blackberry messaging service BBM, Twitter and Facebook in the wake of
>>> this week's rioting.
>>> Cameron said in his statement in a Commons debate today that the
>>> Government is looking at whether it's possible to stop suspected
>>> rioters from spreading their messages online.
>>> Home Secretary Theresa May will hold meetings with the Blackberry
>>> maker Research in Motion (RIM), Twitter and Facebook to discuss their
>>> responsibilities, the Guardian reports.
>>> The Prime Minister, who was sunning himself in Italy during much of
>>> the rioting, said, "Everyone watching these horrific actions will be
>>> stuck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of
>>> information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill."
>>> Clearly he counts BBM as social media, which isn't totally surprising.
>>> Cameron pointed out that "police were facing a new circumstance where
>>> rioters were using the Blackberry Messenger service, a closed network,
>>> to organise riots."
>>> "We've got to examine that and work out how to get ahead of them," he
>>> added.
>>> Any move to ban social networks would mark a huge shift in Britain's
>>> internet policy, with free speech advocates unlikely to remain silent
>>> in the face of a new wave of censorship in the UK.
>>> </quote>
>>> Hmm, isn't that what despot regimes tried to do during the arab spring
>>> uprisings?
>> What he said was banning the miscreants from sending their rioting
>> messages.  Personally if someone is known to be using these networks to
>> cause murder, looting and mayhem then I'd be all for it on a case by
>> case basis.
> Do you have any technical understanding at all?
> How would this kind of a system be implemented? It is pretty impossible.
> Only way is to shut down communication network in the area where rioting
> is starting.
> Also this kind of operations are first step against free speech. You
> love a police state?

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