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British rioting

2011-08-15

Queen’s University sociology professor David Murakami Wood is available to discuss the riots in England.
Dr. Murakami Wood, who is from England, can talk about the police response, as well as the use of mobile communications and social media in protests and rioting.

“One of the reasons protestors are using Blackberry is because it’s a simple and secure system, and the police can’t access it. In recent months, RIM has come under fire for giving access to state authorities. In the London riots, RIM was surprisingly co-operative and turned over information quickly, unlike previous demands for access from governments in India and the Middle East,” says Dr. Murakami Wood. “The big question is what should a communications company do when confronted with government demands for access? If RIM gave access to Egypt officials to monitor Arab Spring protestors, people around the world would be upset. It’s an interesting ethical issue.”

Dr. Murakami Wood is a member of The Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University and is also the managing editor of Surveillance & Society, an international journal of surveillance studies.

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