Some countries monitored SMS at the source

Cellphones are monitored. Especially the overlord terrorist Al-Zarqawi, tracked by a cellphone signal. But network watchers are going one step closer to cellphone users’ private life.

Instead of monitoring SMS messages once they’re sent over the cellular network, cellphones will decide if users can write the word or not. More insidious, less perceptible, more cost-efficient.

Said Contra Costa Times, via textually: “Known as predictive text, the library of words that cell phones recognize, suggest and even learn has stayed below the regulatory radar as companies such as AOL’s Tegic/T9 and Calgary-based Zi Corp. support business worldwide.”

“[…] To build its language database, AOL’s Tegic, which is the world’s most popular predictive text technology, collects gigabytes of data from as many sources as possible, particularly concentrating on newspapers and magazines for common words, said AOL spokeswoman Erin Gifford.”

And to acquire a license in fast growing market, cellphones vendors deal free-speech inhibitors with business license. “Taiwan”, “SARS”, “curfew” would be erased from the available vocabulary and prevented to enter it.

But we wonder this: Is it possible that voice client company could include such a blocking filter in VoIP predictive dialer? Skype IM conversations are already filtered. That would be an easy to set plugin, we think. Do you think some of them already exist?

Jul 3, 2006 | By Nuno

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