The Evolution of Riot Gear 1968-2011

Look how far we’ve come in 43 years, our police is becoming more of a military force as time goes on as you can see in this infographic of the evolution of riot gear. [Click to enlarge]

via NYT

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Occupation Goes Global With Protests In More Than 1,000 Cities: Map, Pics & Video

Arab spring…Spanish summer…American autumn…Global winter?

Occupy Wall Street went beyond Wall Street this weekend with a reported 1,000 cities and 80 countries around the world in protest in a global day of rage. This collection of photos documents the thousands that hit the streets in locations like, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Toronto, Philly, Rome, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, France, Brussels, Madrid, Times Square in New York City and Hong Kong. Plus, see the video reports with live coverage from New York, Brussels, Greece, Rome, London, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong for a recap of developments.

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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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UK Riots: Music & Film Industry Affected by Sony Warehouse Fire

A Sony DADC, major distribution warehouse for music and video located North of London in Enfield, was burnt to the ground yesterday during the riots happening throughout the UK. This 3-story, 20,000 square meter warehouse owned by Sony, was a major hub for physical distribution company PIAS and was holding stock for hundreds of independent music labels, many who no doubt will be devastated by this loss.

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London Riots Coverage

Today marks the third day of rioting and clashes between people and the police in various neighborhoods around London. The unrest was sparked by an incident that led to the killing of a man, Mark Duggan last week by police. The details of the encounter are unclear but it is reported that it was an arrest attempt gone wrong and the officers were armed with Heckler & Koch submachine guns.

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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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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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