The recent flood events in #Germany 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 #CellBroadcasts [1/2]



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

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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..


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

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