How London cops use social media to spy on protest movements

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11 Responses to “How London cops use social media to spy on protest movements”

  1. G3 says:

    What’s the UK definition of spying? Social media is public activity right? Isn’t this just good investigative technique? 
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    Edit, sorry, user error: Just as an add-on, I spent a day making fun of God’s neuroses yesterday, knowing full well that could come back to haunt me if my church was using Disqus to track me. But I took my chances. And I’m way more afraid of God’s army than I am of my government’s army.

    • tré says:

      It would be a good investigative technique if they were investigating crimes more serious than sign-holding or slogan-chanting. It’s not spying, and it’s not investigation, it’s surveillance.

  2. Guest says:

    Just as an add-on, I spent a day making fun of God’s neuroses yesterday, knowing full well that could come back to haunt me if my church was using Disqus to track me. But I took my chances. And I’m way more afraid of God’s army than I am of my government’s army.

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  4. peregrinus says:

    Yesterday the comms in London went haywire.  Facebook in particular was dysfunctional.  Coincided with the protests.

  5. crenquis says:

    What if Al Qaeda has entire secret code based on duck-lip selfies 

  6. Michael Hassall says:

    I was suprised how slow social media was with yesterday’s incidents. Subvertive websites and message boards combined with personal text messages were minutes faster than twitter, 10-15 minutes faster than facebook. The EDL marches were common knowledge to me and most of my circle of friends a full hour before it was reported on the BBC or any major news site.

    • NelC says:

      An hour? Maybe I’m an old dinosaur, but that doesn’t sound terribly slow considering the editorial layer at the Beeb the info has to get through.

  7. MatterEater says:

    The Toronto Police and other jurisdictions monitor social media for protests, and for gang activity.

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