Crowd control

Remember the words of China Mobile’s CEO at the 2008 Davos World Economic Forim?

We know where you are is now taking an additional dimension with we know where you go…. The Beijing Municipal government – which must have been following developments in the Arab world with a keen interest – has launched the Information Platform of Real-time Citizen Movement, a project that aims to watch over the capital’s entire population around the clock (by monitoring mobile phones) so as to reduce traffic congestion.

Anybody having had to sit in a Beijing traffic jam must be welcoming the use of ICT to ease the flow of humans in cars. Whether the gathering in front of Wangfujin’s McDonald falls within the definition of a traffic jam is another question.