Following Alan’s recent article on ‘Rioting, Flash Mobs and Social Media’, should Governments try to control new media? According to recent press reports, this is very much on the agenda of the UK Government.
We have been following this debate very closely and list below a number of very interesting articles published over the last few days. Be interested in your own thoughts. Will the recent riots cause a backlash against social media? A force for good or evil? Should Governments try to control it? Can they control it?
We have found the following articles useful in contributing to this debate:
Are You Prepared for Government Control of Twitter, Facebook et al?
U.K. Prime Minister Floats BlackBerry, Twitter Crackdown
Greater Manchester Police Names & Shames Rioters on Twitter
Social media played a key role in starting, organizing & reporting on the #londonriots
London police struggle to master social media in clamping down on riots
U.K. riots reveal social media double standard
UK Riots: Social Media Has the Message Is The Message
Big Question: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Real-World Social Unrest?
Social Media and the UK Riots: “Twitter Mobs”, “Facebook Mobs”, “Blackberry Mobs” and the Structural Violence of Neoliberalism
Riot Mapping and Social Media, from the Open University
Social Media Used to Spread Britains Riots
London Riots via BBM
UK riots: is social media to blame, or a force for good?
This is our London: Social Media as a Force for Good in the Riot Clean-Up
Social Media Creating Riots and Busting Rioters
UK Riots: Is Social Media a Key Facilitator or Easy to Blame?
Catch a Looter
London Riots: Social Media Mobilizes Riot Cleanup
NYPD forms new social media unit to mine facebook and twitter for mayhem
Will Social Media Tear the Top Down or Kift the Bottom Up?
As usual, feedback and comment very welcome.
Jim, Alan, Vincent