The UK Student protesting to “tripling of university fees” to £9,000 a year, turned to social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, to co-ordinate their mass demonstration in Westminster and other areas. Google Maps was also used extensively as protesters pinpointed what was happening and where.
The demonstration, which in places turned violent and led to police cordoning off parts of central London. The change was narrowly passed in a controversial vote in the House of Commons the same day.
Students have claimed they were making easy use of social media and Google to co-ordinate their actions.
“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,” said Ben Goldacre on his blog.
“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:”
UK Students Live Protest Map: