The use of social networking to mobilize the London riots has showed us that mobile service providers will always hand over private information to the authorities. What does this mean for the average private conversation?

This article titled “Social networking surveillance: trust no one” was written by Dan Gillmor, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 12th August 2011 13.41 UTC

Law enforcers in the United Kingdom and elsewhere are coming to grips with a hard reality: modern communications technologies give activists of all kinds an easier way to organise and deploy.

But even as governments move to crack down, as Jeff Jarvis notes, activists are also learning a lesson – not just those whom we may support, such as the Egyptian revolutionaries, but also those whose deeds leave us cold or angry, such as many of the rioters and looters who've trashed so many parts of London and other British communities in recent days. In all cases, they are realising they cannot begin to trust the technology companies whose communications tools they used.

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