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China plans to begin filtering SMS text messages for dangerous (i.e. anti-Party or pro-democracy) content. Lots of luck, guys. In a country that sends (according to the article linked above) 7,000 per second, crude keyword filtering is the only practicable method, and if dissidents have their wits about them, that'll prove utterly useless. I guess the Party leadership finally got around to reading the chapter in Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs about how text messaging helped bring down Estrada's government in the Phillipines. Or, for that matter, maybe they were thumbing through Jesse Walker's 2003 interview with Rheingold.