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The influence of online debate is less clear. Free speech is a valuable commodity. However, thousands of short, anonymous comments on an article can often seem pretty worthless especially when the relative anonymity often attracts the extreme or the abusive.
Liberal Democrats and justice groups have questioned some of the tough sentences handed down to riot offenders after two
The calls for social media to be shutdown in times of disorder is also a step too far and a frankly draconian and ridiculous consideration. If the riots have shown the politicians and police anything it should be that they haven't communicated and engaged with Britain's disenfranchised for too long
Two men have been sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to incite riots using Facebook. Jordan Blackshaw, 21, from
The recent riots have brought about a dubious use of Twitter and other social networking sites such as Twitter.
A wave of revulsion swept the UK recently when news was released that yet again trapped police dogs had died, seemingly made all the sadder when you consider that these working dogs should have had such a special relationship with their handlers.
During the riots we were forced to acknowledge the existence of Two Britains; one in which the rule of law was upheld and where people shared a common set of moral values, and a shadow Britain of morally displaced others who do not share these values. David Cameron has referred to these anti-social elements of British society as 'sick'. The Prime Minister's ideal of Big Society had clashed with the reality of a very Sick Society.
It wasn't so much Nero that was the problem this week - although the Police could certainly be accused of fiddling while 'Rome' burned.
If individuals can find out what's happening through social networks, why can't the authorities in the same time? Banning mainstream social networking sites will push such communications underground, into one or many of a stream of less well-known sites.
There seems to be a fear in this country of the unseen. In an increasingly public world where Twitter updates are retweeted to thousands and Facebook statuses copied across the Internet, the issue of privacy has become one of 'if you have nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear'.