“Even handcuffed we ARE changing the world w/ seamless technologies”

This is what an arrested Occupy Wall Street protester twitted from the back of a police van on September 24, a week after the movement started.

On that day, 96 others were arrested. Twitter user @PulseofProtest managed to send 22 tweets describing his two-hour long arrest. Along his tweets: “Denied being read our rights”; “activist in tears b/c she just wants to use the bathroom, been in zipties for maybe 2 hours”; “Multiple officers overseeing us: ‘I’d rather just die today, we’re so sorry for you, can’t believe we’re being ordered to do this”.

Is this a legitimate mean of peaceful subversion or a threat to necessary police control? A purest example of citizen journalism or an excess of information that need not to be known by the public?

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Twitter to launch political advertising

There is no doubt that politics are now becoming increasingly virtual. And there is also no doubt that Twitter is playing a major role in this process. Now the platform is about to introduce sponsored political messages:

“We’ve had five years to watch and observe how people are using the platform organically and we know politicians are active on the platform, and we know that consumers enjoy the messages from those politicians,” Twitter’s president of global revenue, Adam Bain, said in an interview.
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This is indeed a good idea for political propaganda, but is it for Twitter? Do you think it will alter its sheer spontaneous nature?

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Do Governments need to control Social Media?

“Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organised via social media,” said Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on Thursday to a specially reconvened parliament after a week of London riots. “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill and when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them”.

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