This is so LITF. Ben Goldacre writes:
a few days ago i suggested the protesting students could do with some kind of "anti-kettling app", to outwit the efforts of the police to stop them protesting, and keep them detained out in the freezing cold subzero temperatures well after bedtime.
it turns out i was over engineering things in my head, the students on the anti-fees protests in London are now using this simple google map,
i got sent it by this guy
if you watch it, you can follow what's happening in london right now. with audio/video/image updates and stuff, it could also become a chaotic unflitered news repository.
there may be others from around the country, do post if you've seen them.
don't let me get carried away, but what i find interesting with this, with wikileaks, and going right back to older underground video news outlets like undercurrents, is that it does feel a bit as if the tools traditionally only available to the state for things like surveillance, evidence gathering, coordination and dissemination are being democratised.
i also very much enjoy the appearance of Godzilla in the Thames.
View What's going on? in a larger map