Saturday, August 13, 2011

David Cameron wants to deprive the insurgents of social networks

"When people use social networks to violent actions, we must stop them. We work with the police, intelligence agencies and industry to study how we can prevent these people to communicate via these sites and services when we know they are preparing criminal or violent acts. " In his message to British MPs on Thursday, Prime Minister David Cameron said the government was working to tighter controls on social networks.

"Anyone who has witnessed these atrocities will be struck to see how they were organized through social networks. The free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used to make wrong, "said the Prime Minister. Police arrested the last few days several users of Twitter and Facebook, accused of inciting violence.

However, social networks seem to have been used to organize violence and looting - a role filled by the SMS and the like for mobile devices, the BBM. The MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, Tuesday asked the government and Research In Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry, to block messaging service.

Still unclear, the statement of Mr. Cameron suggests that the government would set up a monitoring system for broad social networks needed to provide that account will be used in a criminal intent. If the project goes ahead, and whatever its final form, the British government will face significant challenges in terms of European law, very protective of freedom of expression.

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