Here's a new maxim for politicians, policy makers and public administrators: curtail, censor or otherwise limit communications technology in the real-world — expect online reprisals.
Hacker collective Anonymous released a "pressrelease" on Saturday announcing OpBritain, a reaction to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's suggestions that social media should be restricted in a time of crisis.
Not surprisingly, or it shouldn't be, Anonymous announced OpBART, complete with its own modified Bartman logo.
And a hack of myBART.org, currently offline, followed in which names, e-mails, and passwords of myBART members where dumped to pastebin.com. OpBART also calls for a real-world peaceful protest at Civic Center station at 17:00 PST (approximately nine hours from now).
Of all places, San Francisco may well be the heartland of the Anonymous collective, so it should be interesting to see just how many people attend the gathering, and how it is reported by the USA and UK press.
If today's OpBART protest turns violent… expect the negative feedback loop to continue.