Anti-kettling technology, What?
There is a really interesting article just published by the Guardian which outlines new technology being developed by a young bunch of folk in London. The aim of this technology, which has its first run successfully on Saturday afternoon, is to use social media technologies to enable large crowds of protesters to avoid the aggressive containment techniques (kettling) currently used by the British police. As the guardian article notes, while the main action is presently happening in Egypt, this development deserves a footnote in protest history. The new software is called Sukey from the Nursery Rhyme ““Polly put the kettle on, Sukey take it off again.”
and while we are here, a couple of good insightful articles into wtf is happening in Egypt at the moment.
Gywnne Dyer: Current Protests Reminiscent of 1989
and of course the great series of photos of protesters kissing security forces during the protests.