After six months of disruption, Internet service is resuming in Libya

After six months of disruption, Internet service is resuming in Libya || “Libya’s Internet sputters back into action” http://ow.ly/69vU4

The positive role of technology in the UK riots

The positive role of technology in the UK riots || “U.K. Prime Minister Suggests ‘Pre-Crime’ Blocking of Social Media” http://ow.ly/61j0R

In addition to investigating how technology aimed at preemptively disrupting criminal activities organized via Twitter and Blackberry Messenger, the authorities in the UK have also married their extensive CCTV network with Flickr to help enlist the public to identify suspected looters.  A complete Internet shutdown has proven to be ineffective in countries throughout the Middle East during the recent periods of unrest, so a targeted solution that was able to determine if a person was in the midst of planning criminal activity and then shut down that person’s access might do the trick.  Alas the execution of such a thing is fraught with technical and logistical challenges (not to be confused with impossible).  That said the UK is not ruled by an autocratic despot was the case in more than one of the aforementioned Middle Eastern nations, so the notions of privacy and civil liberties are much more of a significant issue that needs to be balanced with the sovereign responsibility to protect the health and welfare of one’s citizens.  I do not envy the decisions that have to be made by Mr. Cameron.

First the Middle East, now the UK

First the Middle East, now the UK || “Social networking fanning London’s flames?” http://ow.ly/5YMT3

There’s nothing much that can be said about the riots in the UK other than the fact that it is very sad to see a country in such turmoil.  I have many friends and colleagues who call London and areas beyond their home and they are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

First a nuclear reactor, now unmanned bombers; Iran is gearing-up

First a nuclear reactor, now unmanned bombers; Iran is gearing-up – “Iran inaugurates nation’s first unmanned bomber” http://ht.ly/2tnH5