SMS Law: Fud by Another Name

To its credit, the Wall Street Journal has refused to succumb to the mass hysteria generated by reports that the Chinese government will be mining SMS messages for counterrevolutionary content. The consensus among thinkers is that first, such a mass monitoring is not practical. This suggests that either a) the monitoring will be selectively applied to those the government already suspects of subversive activity; or b) the entire announcement is a propaganda move to try to get said suspects to stop using SMSs because the government knows it cannot monitor them. Either way, the government wins because SMS is no longer considered a safe means of sub-rosa communications. Sometimes, the FUD is better than the reality.