Is It Ever OK To Block Social Media?
Friday, August 19, 2011
When an authoritarian government blocks access to social media, democratic governments are quick to call foul. But this summer's wave of flash mobs, looting and disruptive demonstrations are prompting authorities in democratic societies to explore cutting off access as well. Faced with a large demonstration on a subway platform, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit recently cut off some cell phone service to block protesters from communicating. Bob spoke with BART deputy police Chief Daniel Hartwig about that decision and with the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jillian York about the potentially dangerous precedent.