In this case the fixation on blaming technoliigy seems to be driven almost entirely by the media not the police. I saw at least one onterview on BBC News where a senior police officer was being interviewed. The interviewer seemed to be desparatly trying to get the police to blame Facebook and Twitter for what was happeng while the police officer was making it clear that while easy communications could make life difficult it was nothing new and just something that had to be dealth with.
What is really needed is a law that guarantees the rights of both internet users and content providers. At the moment my ISP can arbitrarily decide to block my access to a particular site, but depriving me of access to that site and depriving that site of a potential user. It is all very well saying that I am protected by competition and can always change ISP, but but how true is that when I am locked into a 12 month contract, and in any event Virgin media are the ONLY company that I have access to that can give me a reasonable speed thanks to a dodgy phone line. In any event virgin do not give me a list of what sites they block, so I do not even know how much of the internet access I am paying for I am actually being deprived of.
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