The BlackBerry Riots

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Mon, Aug 15th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this article on Now Magazine, Joshua Errett argues against turning off RIM's network during the riots in London.

In Iran, it was the Facebook revolution. In Tunisia, the Wikileaks revolution. In Egypt, it was called a Twitter revolution.

In London, it's the BlackBerry riots.

Whatever technology is used to spur civil unrest is usually lauded by the Western world as an agent of change. The very same technology gets condemned by governments that find themselves the target of protest.

During the Arab Spring, for instance, phones were jammed and internet service was blocked to stop Twitter and Facebook.

In the UK this week, the same scenario is playing out. BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, is being used to organize protests and avoid police -- only no one is congratulating Blackberry for connecting the uprising there.

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