Manhunting Goes Social, Mobile

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Manhunting Goes Social, Mobile

March 13th, 2008 by NGT

Mas Selamat MMS

A couple of weeks ago, Interpol released an “Orange Notice” for Mas Selamat Kasatari, an infamous terrorist group leader, when he escaped from detention. The ensuing manhunt for Singapore’s most wanted man is being fortified through FacebookThe-New-Faces-at-Facebook and mobile phones.

To help spread a nationwide alert, local carriers SingTel, StarHub and M1 chipped in to disseminate free text messages carrying Mas Selamat’s picture to every mobile subscriber that they have. According to The Straits Times, there are about 5.5 million mobile phone subscriptions in Singapore, and most of the devices today are able to receive such MMS picture messages. The message asks people to call the police if they see the fugitive. For those who cannot receive MMS, a regular SMS message was sent asking them to log onto their carrier’s website to view the image.

Hundreds of citizens have also started Facebook groups and online forums to share intelligence through pictures, posts, and news articles.

We’ve seen this phenomenon all over the world recently–from citizens snapping shots of bloodied monks camera phone during the protests in Burma to MTV’s street team of amateur journalistsCamera-Phone-News Oct-07 and Think.mtv social network around the U.S.’s 2008 elections. This is the new age of communication and information distribution, and it will radically change the way our governments, media outlets and entire infrastructures operate. Now if only someone would snap a photo of Osama bin Laden on their N95…

–Kevyn Eng, NGT Correspondent from FH Singapore

Tags: Asia · Social Networking · Wireless World

Manhunting Goes Social, Mobile

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