Last Monday, in Philadelphia, about 13 000 representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world met at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exhibition.
On the international level, online channels create new possibilities for overcoming barriers to participation, such as a lack of human and financial resources, or environmental constraints, which may affect both non-governmental actors and actors from diplomatic services. Platforms for e-participation enable those who are not physically present to be actively involved in a discussion in an interactive and real-time way through the use of appropriate technology. Discussion about this topic will continue in the e-participation day on 19 June.
My Facebook page was full of updates on Istanbul on Monday morning and to my shame I hadn't realised that anything untoward was going on over there. I spent most of the weekend offline amidst the poppies and vineyards at the Balaton and then had connection difficulties Sunday night and Monday so I'm only now catching up with news.
I finally got online this morning after many hours of connection problems during which I contemplated how reliant I have become on the Internet. My work depends on it. Forget snow days, where the weather is too awful for kids to get to school. Forget blackout days, where buildings have to close because they have no heat or electricity or (as happens in Budapest) a relic from the war in the shape of an unexploded bomb is found and the area is evacuated.
My mother is fond of saying the newspaper will take any print. The same can be said of the virtual world. Anyone can say pretty much anything and as long as it's said with some sort of authority, backed up by a few numbers, people will read it. Just to see...
When it comes to poor taste, 20-year-old Matthew Woods has plenty. This is the chap who posted offensive comments about missing five-year-old Welsh girl,April Jones, on his Facebook page. He pleaded guilty under s.127 of the UK Communications Act 2003, which prohibits a person sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.