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The Dangerous Tweets Act

Riots: David Cameron threatens Twitter 'shut down' - Scotsman.com

POLICE could be handed new powers to shut down social media networks, after David Cameron announced the government was looking at a stringent new measures to tackle disorder following the riots in English cities over the past week.
The crackdown was described by legal experts as the most "fundamental shift" in the government's relationship with the internet and by civil liberty groups as "very dangerous"


The Prime Minister said that “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.”
He said that he has asked the police if they need new powers, and that Government is “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".

Asking the police if they need new powers is like it was asking Amy Whitehouse if she needed an extra line...

Comments

We can of course count on Parliament to resist this authoritarianism, can't we...

I suppose it's a balance between how much information the police can get from monitoring the systems and going through the archives afterwards as well as Traffic Analysis. I was going to suggest that a few high profile prosecutions using evidence from Facebook, Twitter etc might act as a deterrent but the looters are probably too stupid to take note.

What could be better then the bad guys using a public access system to plan their crimes. Instead of shutting it down the police should get some experts to monitor it and then they could better control the rioting. If the police don't or can't get smarter they will lose this. How hard could this be?

Sad to see that all that remains of Free Market Fairy Tales has gone down the rabbit hole. What a great blog it was.

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