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The recent flood events in and beyond triggered a discussion about how to warn citizens reliably and effectively. The current proprietary app environment failed at this – again!

Already last year we called for [1/2]

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fsfe.org/news/2020/news-202011

The advantages of in short:

✅ reduced bottlenecks due to high efficiency sending
✅ established standard since 1990
✅ relatively cheap
✅ everyone is warned, even short-term tourists
✅ independent from mobile internet
✅ works even if telephony/SMS/internet is overloaded
✅ no apps required

➡️ Warning apps are a useful *extension*, but not the *basis*. [2/2]

@fsfe I thought France was the only country left not using Cell Broadcast!?
cc @RatZillaS

@mmu_man @fsfe @RatZillaS With Germany, you have at least one more. Instead of an established standard with high efficiency which is used in numerous industrialised countries, Germany relies on a centralised system with three proprietary apps.

@fsfe @mmu_man @RatZillaS

to be fair, UK has only started testing it this year, and when they did it only worked on one of my mobile phones with my work SIM (slightly higher priced business grade contract), I didn't get any alert on the pay as you go SIM on a budget network that I use for a backup..

@mmu_man

I have them enabled and travel all over Europe. Only in northern Italy have I received those (a test message as you sign into their cells for the first time after a while, looks like).

Other countries might implement them but I've never seen one. Instead they do the silly and expensive one-by-one spam. 🤷

Anyway, the way to get this given proper attention is to get in touch with your MP and ask them to raise the issue with your government.

@fsfe @RatZillaS

@fsfe Perhaps look at what Japan, China, Indonesia or other countries with frequent natural disasters environment do and ask them ? Prepare more service units to help, as it will be more and more frequent. Use loudspeaker in streets to send message (some don't have mobile phones). And think to deaf people. perhaps a neighbour cooperative network would help.
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