In Iran, it was the Facebook revolution. In Tunisia, the Wikileaks revolution. In Egypt, it was called a Twitter revolution.
In London, it's the BlackBerry riots.
Whatever technology is used to spur civil unrest is usually lauded by the Western world as an agent of change. The very same technology gets condemned by governments that find themselves the target of protest.
During the Arab Spring, for instance, phones were jammed and internet service was blocked to stop Twitter and Facebook.
In the UK this week, the same scenario is playing out. BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, is being used to organize protests and avoid police - only no one is congratulating Blackberry for connecting the uprising there.
Right on cue, Tottenham MP David Lammy has demanded BlackBerry suspend its messaging service to keep protesters from communicating.
"[BBM] is one of reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force," he said.
His voice is echoed by a Twitter campaign with the same goals. #blockbbm was trending on that service during day two of the riots - the irony of a Twitter-led push to censor technology apparently lost on tweeters.
These demands for censorship are as troubling as whatever nefarious BlackBerry messages are flying around London. When a cause is worth supporting, like democracy in Egypt, many call for the protection of technology, open lines of communication and the spread of information.
But when protests are deemed unworthy of support, when anger spills over into violence, the reaction is to clamp down on technology and kill the messaging, BBM or otherwise.
It does not work that way.
MPs in Britain could make a good case for shutting down BBM, just as Hosni Mubarak's government could have done in Egypt earlier this year.
"We feel for those impacted by the riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can," tweeted RIM's UK branch this week, which resulted in its corporate blog getting hacked.
And what if BBM is closed? Protesters would likely move to Twitter or Facebook. Would those then be shut, too? Not likely, since those two networks are being used in the clean up of London.
So what kind of democracy cuts the lines of communication when it doesn't like what's being communicated?
Like Twitter during the Egypt uprising, Research In Motion should keep its BBM network open and free of government interference, regardless of what else happens in Britain .
"Calls for the use of BBM to be curbed are, in my opinion misguided. As others have pointed out, social networks don't cause riots - people do."