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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Wants a Master Kill-Switch for Social Networks


Things are bad in England. In addition to arresting some 1,100 people and nearly tripling the number of police officers in London, police forces have been attempting to use technology to rein in the looting and rioting in the various English cities. The thing is, the looters and rioters are much better at using technology than the authorities, often using social media--including Twitter, Facebook, and the very popular (more so than here in North America) BlackBerry Messenger--to coordinate looting and stay a few steps ahead of the police. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has a distinctly, well, almost Chinese response to that: shut 'em all down.

In a statement this morning to other members of Parliament (MPs), Cameron let loose with this bit of totalitarian wisdom:

"Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. 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."

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Comment by Mark Thompson
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Just like a commie!  Control, control, but can not control a God given desire to be free.  Youth have nothing to look forward too!  In America young people are looking at 50% unemployment rate.  So why not!! Give them a job or expect them to give you Hell!  A working person has something to look forward to.  Cameron, give up your job and join them in the streets and find out just how much you and all of your buddies are hated...join them and find out how you can help.  You are like the shepherd that kills his flock for not having grass to eat!!  

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