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UK blames riots on media & internet, contemplates off-switch

March 29, 2012

Do you really need a panel to figure out that ability of people to know about riots makes riots spread faster. That’s rioting 1o1.

A police officer in riot gear at the London st...

A police officer in riot gear at the London student protests, 9 December 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now the question is what to do about it. I have an outrageous proposal: nothing. Having circumstances under which people can riot means there is at least some degree of free society at work. If you take radical steps to make riots impossibly hard you are by necessity taking steps into police state.

The panel concluded that an “Off Switch” for the internet would be a bad thing. In their words: “What is clear from the riots is that there is no simple ‘switch off’ solution. Viral silence may have as many dangers as viral noise.” That might be true, but it’s the wrong reason not to have the off switch.

Rater than trying to make riots impossibly hard, figure out what are latent reasons for riots and start addressing them. That’s the best off switch you can build!

UK riots ‘made worse’ by rolling news, BBM, Twitter and Facebook

UK riots ‘made worse’ by rolling news, BBM, Twitter and Facebook This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 11.16 BST on Wednesday 28 March 2012 . It was last modified at 11.38 BST on Wednesday 28 March 2012 Viral violence: Facebook and other social media blamed for inciting unrest during the UK riots.
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