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The riots in London and other cities in the UK have been taken a lot of people by surprise. Here some impressions about the riots.
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How Robots Bring Out the Best in People

When I spoke with social robotics pioneer Cynthia Breazeal of the MIT Media Lab earlier this summer, she said that one of the things she loves most about robots is the way they bring out our humanity. People let their guards down around robots; they can’t resist engaging with the machines.

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Riot Rebuild: The U.K's Post-Riot Urban Intervention | Fast Company

Riot Rebuild: The U.K's Post-Riot Urban Intervention | Fast Company | londonriots | Scoop.it

The U.K. riots of the past week have done incalculable damage to businesses and homes. After the cleanup come the longer-term task of rebuilding--and many of the people who have been hit the hardest 

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» Letter from the U.K.: If We’re Turning Off Social Media, I Want News Channels Shut Down, Too

» Letter from the U.K.: If We’re Turning Off Social Media, I Want News Channels Shut Down, Too | londonriots | Scoop.it

Amidst widespread calls from MPs, David Cameron has pledged to investigate the possibility of turning off social networks during times of crisis, lumping Britain in with some rather unsavory company.

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London, Egypt and the nature of social media

London, Egypt and the nature of social media | londonriots | Scoop.it
Ramesh Srinivasan | When it comes to riots and uprisings, the role of social media is more complex than we may realize.
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A social media crackdown is the wrong response to riots

A social media crackdown is the wrong response to riots | londonriots | Scoop.it
Jeff Jarvis for BuzzMachine: If the UK government restricts social networking in answer to the riots, what separates it from the Arab tyrannies and China?
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Help Siva

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This website was set up by @markpytlik and @jessgreenwood, two former residents of Clapton Square who wanted to find a way to help from New York, and hatched in conjunction with local friends Damon...
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The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – Telegraph Blogs

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – Telegraph Blogs | londonriots | Scoop.it

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters. They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal, and that the police should be given more support

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Anonymity and social censorship in the UK riots

Anonymity and social censorship in the UK riots | londonriots | Scoop.it
The UK government is contemplating tactics against the UK riots that set dangerous precedents. I...
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What the role of Twitter is, and isn't, during #londonriots

What the role of Twitter is, and isn't, during #londonriots | londonriots | Scoop.it
There are many things that Twitter can and is doing during the London riots, but there are also many things that it can't and isn't.
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UK riots: This vigilantism is the very embodiment of 'big society'

UK riots: This vigilantism is the very embodiment of 'big society' | londonriots | Scoop.it
Zoe Williams: Folk taking to the streets with doner knives is what happens if communities are encouraged to fill in the gaps left by the state...
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are any clean-ups going on that I can help with? #londonriots
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Matt Stiles // The Daily Viz · Mapping London Riots, 'Deprivation'

Matt Stiles // The Daily Viz · Mapping London Riots, 'Deprivation' | londonriots | Scoop.it
Mapping London Riots, 'Deprivation' This interactive map, made with Google Fusion Tables, shows recent riot locations in greater London as red points. The colors represent “indices of deprivation” by...
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Hackers attack BlackBerry blog, threaten employees, after RIM agrees to help London police

Hackers attack BlackBerry blog, threaten employees, after RIM agrees to help London police | londonriots | Scoop.it
Read 'Hackers attack BlackBerry blog, threaten employees, after RIM agrees to help London police' on Yahoo! News.
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Hackney riots: 'The message when youth clubs close is that no one cares'

Hackney riots: 'The message when youth clubs close is that no one cares' | londonriots | Scoop.it
Half the borough's children live in poverty.
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Facebook, RIM To Meet With UK Government Over Proposed Social Media Ban

Facebook, RIM To Meet With UK Government Over Proposed Social Media Ban | londonriots | Scoop.it
Facebook and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) are set to meet with Home Secretary Theresa May and other UK officials investigates what roles the platforms played in organizing recent riots in London.
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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Wants a Master Kill-Switch for Social Networks | Popular Science

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Wants a Master Kill-Switch for Social Networks | Popular Science | londonriots | Scoop.it
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BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London - COLORLINES

BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London - COLORLINES | londonriots | Scoop.it
As outrage continues to mount in London, the country’s news agency apologizes for a shady interview.
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David Cameron places spotlight on Twitter - Brand Republic News

David Cameron places spotlight on Twitter - Brand Republic News | londonriots | Scoop.it
Plans to curb the use of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are being considered by prime minister David Cameron, following almost a week of disorder across the country.
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London riots, African famine: The difference between first and third world problems

London riots, African famine: The difference between first and third world problems | londonriots | Scoop.it
IF you've tweeted any time during the past couple of years, you might have seen the #firstworldproblems hashtag.
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Cameron 'using Irish mercenaries' - The Irish Times - Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Cameron 'using Irish mercenaries' - The Irish Times - Thu, Aug 11, 2011 | londonriots | Scoop.it
Libyan state television has claimed British prime minister David Cameron has used Irish and Scottish mercenaries to quell this week's riots in England.
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This is our London

This is our London | londonriots | Scoop.it

The actions of the few are not a true reflection of our city. This what you see here is our London.

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Should Governments Monitor Social Media to Prevent Civil Unrest?

Should Governments Monitor Social Media to Prevent Civil Unrest? | londonriots | Scoop.it
Social media is playing a larger role in citizen assembly, be it the Arab Spring or the recent London riots. How should governments approach these channels in order to anticipate potentially violent demonstrations?
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Behind England's riots, a violent and entitled generation of British young people

Behind England's riots, a violent and entitled generation of British young people | londonriots | Scoop.it
The riots in London and elsewhere in England have confirmed what I long knew and have long preached to my disbelieving but totally unobservant countrymen: that young itish people are among the most unpleasant and potentially violent young people in...
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The UK riots: the psychology of looting

The UK riots: the psychology of looting | londonriots | Scoop.it
Zoe Williams: The shocking acts of looting may not be political, but they nevertheless say something about the beaten-down lives of the rioters...
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We have created a society of looters

Letters: If this government implements bigoted policies of social exclusion then a small but violent minority of those excluded may turn to other ways of being noticed...
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