London riots: Understanding technology's role in the thick of it | ZDNet | Social Media and its influence |
The riots in the UK are spreading to other major cities.


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While I wasn’t there for long enough to fully gauge the breadth of the aftermath of violence, the image I had vividly portrayed through friends and colleagues living in the various boroughs of London pictured a scene of decentralised chaos lacking any emotion of hate or frustration — more so anger. Pure, unadulterated anger.


The use of technology has been a focal point throughout these riots — with social media being blamed for inciting violence, and BlackBerry Messenger as a conduit for the perpetuation of the ongoing riots.