Third of adults 'use smartphone' says Ofcom report. 4 August 2011Last updated at 00:26 More smartphone time is spent on Facebook than any other service according to Ofcom Nearly one in three adults in the UK now uses a smartphone, according to a report by the telecoms regulator Ofcom.
Apple's iPhone was said to be the most popular brand. However, teenagers appeared to favour RIM's Blackberry devices. The report notes that the increased uptake of smartphones has led to a dramatic rise in mobile internet use. Facebook was the most visited website on handheld devices, with 43 million hours spent on it in December 2010. Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report combines the regulator's own research with work carried out by other industry analysts. The 341-page document provides a comprehensive snapshot of the UK's TV, radio, internet and telecommunications consumption. Why won't the police tell journalists what is going on? It's 10.40 on a Sunday night in Gateshead as a woman stands alone at a station waiting for a train.
A young man steps out of the shadows, grabs her and sexually assaults her, before escaping into the night. The attacker is caught on CCTV and police soon have excellent pictures. Traffic from Facebook to Top Newspaper Sites Nearly Doubles Over Year in Europe. In June 2011, Facebook accounted for at least 7.4 percent of traffic going to the top five Newspaper sites in Europe.
The German publication Bild.de, which ranks as the third most popular newspaper site in Europe, saw the most incoming traffic from Facebook (14.0 percent). It also experienced the most growth over the previous year with an 11-percentage point increase in visitation from Facebook. The British Mail Online, which ranks as the top newspaper site in Europe, saw 10.6 percent of visitors coming from Facebook in June 2011 â€“ an increase of 6.9-percentage points over the previous year. Guardian.co.uk, which was the second most popular newspaper site in Europe with 13.5 million unique visitors, received 7.4 percent of its visitors from Facebook, growing by 2.7 percentage points over the past year.
To learn more about visitation to the top newspaper sites in Europe, please see our latest release, ‘Newspaper Sites across Europe Demonstrate Growth in the Past Year.’ Democracies learn from Mubarak's example. Greater Manchester Police Names & Shames Rioters on Twitter. In the name of swift and public justice, the Greater Manchester Police has begun tweeting the identities of people convicted of criminal damage and disorder during riots this week in Manchester and Salford.
The department is also requesting the public's help in identifying suspects via photos and videos posted to its website and Flickr account. New: Three Reports on Circumvention Tool Usage, International Bloggers, and Internet Control. August 18, 2011.
Please Britain, don't let Mubarak inspire your response to unrest. Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car on a street in Hackney, east London.
Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters. Twitter blocking: the technical and legal issues. In the case of Facebook and Twitter, police intelligence gathering is already fairly advanced.
These services are quasi-public communications media, with many messages viewable by anyone, and security firms lining up to provide authorities with software tools to make mass, real time monitoring easier. Censoring mobiles and the net: how the West is clamping down. Some say riots can be prevented by blocking communications - but is this a step too far for Western democracies?
Photo: Getty Images Seemingly Orwellian moves by Western governments to crack down on the use of technology by citizens are being compared to repressive policies of regimes such as China. After British Prime Minister David Cameron floated the idea of restricting the use of services such as Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger to prevent riots, transit authorities in San Francisco late last week shut down mobile phone reception in several underground stations to block would-be demonstrators.
Journalists Not Evidence Gatherers. 7th August 2011.
Police Evidence Gathering Team in Tottenham during disorder. © Jules Mattsson/LNP The disorder that swept England recently has calmed, leaving untold destruction, injury and a number of deaths in it’s wake. MI5 joins social messaging trawl for riot organisers. The security service MI5 and the electronic interception centre GCHQ have been asked by the government to join the hunt for people who organised last week's riots, the Guardian has learned.
The agencies, the bulk of whose work normally involves catching terrorists inspired by al-Qaida, are helping the effort to catch people who used social messaging, especially BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), to mobilise looters. A key difficulty for law enforcers last week was cracking the high level of encryption on the BBM system. BBM is a pin-protected instant message system that is only accessible to BlackBerry users. The Evolving Landscape of Internet Control. Published August 18, 2011 Authored by Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman, Rob Faris, Jillian York, John Palfrey Download PDF.
New: Three Reports on Circumvention Tool Usage, International Bloggers, and Internet Control. Secure chat solution needed. Help. New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users. Analysis: UK social media controls point to wider info war.