Not sure I agree Haldor, we had occupy movement events at many US and Canadian cities. Will that prevent holding conferences in those cities? I doubt it, in fact if you use that logic most cities in the world will be eliminated...Kris
The message they are really getting accross is that Spain is a bad place to hold an international conference. I am sure conference organizers have already decided they will not schedule any future conferences like this in Spain for the foreseeable future.
Spain is going to pay a real financial price in future years because of this demonstration. This protest can only hurt the local economy that is paying for their education. Seems counter productive to me.
Running a risk of being another ditto head(!), I agree with the two dissenters above! The scale and importance of MWC can not be over-stated and in these days of ubiquitous mobile computing, these students are using effective methods to get their message across.
In technology and other businesses, the boundaries (and their related policies albeit national level) between national and international issues are blurring. I would sincerely hope what these students did gets seriously noticed and accounted for in policy decisions.
Ironic that the global mobile industry that made "flash mobs" possible may have provided the wherewithal to stage what was clearly a peaceful gathering to protest economic inequality. Technology does not exist in a vacuum.
Yeah, I agree. Very politically astute of the kids in Barcelona. I know there was a talk about the mass transit in Barcelona was considering about going on a strike before the show. MWC is the biggest event for those who live in Barcelona. It's the biggest leverage they can use!