austerity: Denver watching, preparing to protect against youth riots - The Denver Post
Denver watching, preparing to protect against youth riots
By Jordan Steffen
The Denver Post
With the unemployment rate for young Americans mimicking that of the United Kingdom and the nations' youth also sharing a sense of boredom and disenfranchisement, the question for academics and some in law enforcement isn't whether rioting flash mobs like those in England could erupt here, but why they haven't already in large numbers.
A number of analysts at the Colorado Information Analysis Center are trained and dedicated to monitoring social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, for information about both peaceful events and protests that could potentially spiral out of control, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Analysts will notify law enforcement agencies about events that are planned and discussed on the Internet, often within minutes of the comments being posted....