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The Internet, Technology, Politics & The Future

There is a lot to learn from the events that have been unfolding in England and it will be particularly interesting to see what roles the internet, technology, politics and community will play in this historic event.

Throughout the last few days we have seen a chaotic flood of real-time citizen journalism, reports extending from the hyper-local to the world community at large, all tuned in and sharing information. Social media and mobile technologies have played a big role and we’ve seen examples of these platforms being heavily used to coordinate the flow of information. Whether its been recording and uploading mobile photo, video and audio footage, groups dedicated to organizing clean up efforts, open-data community mapping of incidents, crowd sourced justice groups pointing out self-professed looters and individuals caught on surveillance cameras [CCTV] or identifying people via images using the same facial recognition technology that up until recently was mostly only looked as a social tagging tool.

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Traumatic Weapon Technology: An Arms Race Against The General Population?

From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.

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#FutureFrequency News Highlights From Around The Web

Check out some of the latest developments going down on our planet and beyond…

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Riot Breaks Out At Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Film Premiere

Last night a minor riot broke out in Los Angeles at the premiere of the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience movie at Grauman’s Chinese theater.

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How The Internet Transformed The American Rave Scene

Rave was America’s last great outlaw musical subculture: created by kids, for kids, designed to be impenetrable to adults. American rave formed its own mutant funhouse approach to existing looks, sounds and ideologies. In the early-to-mid-1990s, it was driven not by stars but a sudden collective sense that, as the Milwaukee rave zine Massive put it in every issue above the masthead, “The underground is massive.”

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A Tribute To Buju Banton

Reggae artist Buju Banton was convicted today of federal drug charges in the U.S. just days after winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his album Before the Dawn at the 2011 Grammy’s.

A descendant of the Maroons (the fierce freedom fighters who fended off attacks from the British colonial regiments) Buju was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, the youngest of 15 children born to a higgler (market vendor) mother. Buju entered Jamaica’s musical fraternity in the mid-’80s and his career accelerated into high gear with the 1991 release of his debut album for Penthouse records Mr. Mention; propelled by the hits “Love Mi Browning” and “Bogle,” in 1992 Buju broke Bob Marley’s record for the most number one singles in one year on the Jamaican charts.

Buju is considered one of reggae music’s best of our time so it’s a sad situation for his fans as he will likely face about 15 years of jail time. It might be a very long time before we hear of any new music from him, if ever again.

Here’s a video tribute of his best work throughout the years.

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