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Technology Blamed for Helping UK Rioters

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The WSJ reports that following three nights of rioting and looting in London, Blackberry's messaging network and social networking sites are being blamed for helping rioters in London spread word about the next hot spot assome police, politicians and media organisations single out Blackberry's messaging network as being a useful aid for troublemakers. It's an "encrypted, very secure, safe, fast, cheap, free, easy way for disaffected urban youth to spread messages for the next targets", says Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe and digital advisor to the Mayor of London.But Ian Maude, an analyst at Enders Analysis, said it's unfair to lay the blame on technology."Certainly, it's a lot easier for people to communicate with each other in real time via some of these services but that's a fact of life. They're not good or evil in themselves, its the purposes for which people use them."The Metropolitan Police, known as Scotland Yard, say they are monitoring social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook andResearch In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), the maker of Blackberry smartphones, says it has "engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can.""

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