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    In this edition: a New York Police Department online campaign badly backfires; Mexican web users campaign against a new Internet law; and an urban version of huskies.

    The New York Police Department posted the following message to their Twitter account on Tuesday April 22: "Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us and tag it at #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook". And the response has been something else.
    So residents of the big apple started responded to the NYPD`s tweet, sharing shots taken with smiling police officers… But the feed was soon taken over by pictures and commentary of a totally different nature, with allegations of police brutality during arrests in NYC, or cases of racial discrimination against New Yorkers.
    Indeed, the New York Police Department campaign has well and truly backfired with a wave of hostile reactions. It`s also inspired web users across the country. Residents of Los Angeles have set up the #myLAPD hashtag, to air their grievances with police officers in their city. Accusing them of being violent and slamming the disproportionate use of force during police interventions.
    Web users now hope their voices will be heard and that this spontaneous online campaign will prompt police services across the US to review and improve their practices, something many say is now more important than ever as police abuses have been on the increase across the country.
    #EPNvsInternet: Enrique Pena Nieto versus the Internet. Mexican web users have been protesting against a proposed telecommunications law presented by the president on March 24. Critics fear if the bill is adopted it w... Go on reading on our web site.

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