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26 August 2011
UK government rethinks position on social media

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Yesterday, the UK government has backed down on its position regarding social media and networks in times of civil unrest. In a meeting organised by the UK government, ministers, police, social network Facebook, telecoms provider Research in Motion ([RIM] the makers of Blackberry), and microblogging service Twitter resulted in unclear direction from the Home Office.

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23 August 2011
Social media and its role in the London riots rages on

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
This week may shed more light on how the government, and in turn the police, will manage social media in times of unrest. On Thursday, social network Facebook, microblogging service Twitter and Research in Motion (RIM)'s Blackberry are to meet the UK Home Office to discuss the riots in England.

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