From a technological standpoint; How exactly do GCHQ//MIX or whoever it is assisting in monitoring the net for juicy tidbits these days plan on fingerprinting and actually STOPPING 'bad guys' from communicating via the above mentioned services and tools whilst letting the rest of the country continue about their legitimate online shenanigans, of course they can monitor, the relevant laws and infrastructure are there, ie:: RIPA (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/23/contents
) I think it's naive to assume there are no further capabilities a little further away from public eyes
But with the volume of communication back and forth in events such as this, is weeding out the real threats from those just 'spectators' in real time feasible??
A service provider level block on Facebook for example (targeting a specific IP address/range) would easily be circumvented, and what if it is a shared internet computer or connection? Making the assumption that ISP's would co-operate with a ban, In order to actually get this information (legally, which is hoping for alot) you would have to Subpoena Facebook, or Twitter or whoever to request the users identifying information right?- You could work on account bans based on infringement, but this doesn't seem any easier, It's trivial to create new accounts
And these are just one or two of the centralized giants, what about other forms of electronic communication?- fair enough so most aren't savvy enough to mess about with building up secure/encrypted or anonymous communication if they r the sort of dipsticks that plan on robbing poundland for a laugh(is that worth getting locked up for!!), but nowadays I'd say a HUGE amount of teens use BBM, WhatsApp, Skype, etc, everyone has an droid, berry or iphone with 3g..how do they plan on doing this and staying within the law? or is that the perfect ticket to create a new set?!