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krisi
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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
krisi   3/2/2012 3:42:18 PM
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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

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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
Haldor   3/2/2012 1:31:42 PM
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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.

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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
docdivakar   3/2/2012 8:15:36 AM
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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. MP Divakar

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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
anon9303122   2/29/2012 10:24:11 PM
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That's their choice. Cheers !

rick merritt
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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
rick merritt   2/29/2012 9:43:25 PM
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Not likely. MWC organizers and Barcelona are joined at the hip. They will just ignore the uncomfortable realities and press on.

anon9303122
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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
anon9303122   2/29/2012 8:23:39 PM
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And of course, event organizers will note these protests and take their business elsewhere. Oh, well.

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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
george.leopold   2/29/2012 7:59:54 PM
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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.

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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
junko.yoshida   2/29/2012 7:57:17 PM
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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!

rick merritt
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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
rick merritt   2/29/2012 7:56:05 PM
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Building the mobile Internet will require lots of smart engineers. The protests make me wonder if Spain is adequately investing in that future.

krisi
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re: Police close part of MWC while students protest
krisi   2/29/2012 7:21:15 PM
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I disagree Prabhakar...the fact that EE Times is covering story proves exactly opposite...very effective strategy! (regardless whether their demands are reasonable or not) Kris

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