China uses text messaging to assure public
May 12th, 2008

In order to reassure people and to squelch false rumors, the Chinese government is using SMS text messaging (translated) to mobile phones as well as internet postings to inform people that the areas where they live are not in the seismic zone. Over a million such messages were sent in nearby Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guizhou Province.

[read more on this massiv text messaging operation on Foreign Policy Passport]

The government plans to use text messaging not only for emergencies, but for various situations relating to the public interest. The plan is part of the government’s new openness in information regulations which it says will promote “openness as principle, being closed off as the exception” in an effort to provide timely and accurate information to the public.

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