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Monday, April 25, 2005

Cellphone, SMS, People Power

NYT: A Hundred Cellphones Bloom, and Chinese Take to the Streets
BEIJING, April 24 - The thousands of people who poured onto the streets of China this month for the anti-Japanese protests that shook Asia were bound by nationalist anger but also by a more mundane fact: they are China's cellphone and computer generation.

For several weeks as the protests grew larger and more unruly, China banned almost all coverage in the state media. It hardly mattered. An underground conversation was raging via e-mail, text message and instant online messaging that inflamed public opinion and served as an organizing tool for protesters.


China protest march 2005; reminescent of People Power II in the Philippines in 2001 with how mobile communications helped to organize the masses.
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