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British riots and disrupting social media

2011-09-06

Queen’s University sociology professor Vince Mosco is available to talk about the British government’s possible move to disrupt online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter to help prevent civil unrest. It’s a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries like Egypt.

“I can understand why politicians would want to propose any thing that may placate an angry public, but this is over the line and won’t help the British government in the long run. It will undermine the general faith that the British government supports the open networks that are necessary to run an advanced economy,” says Dr. Mosco who is currently based in Ottawa.

Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books on communication, technology and society. His most recent include Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains (2010) and The Political Economy of Communication (2009).

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