Censorship isn’t limited to just the news that you see, or don’t see. It also limits how average people communicate and governments will clamp down mass communication channels when it needs to deal with dissent. Messaging apps are one of the first casualties of these clamp downs but given the power governments have, they can also limit connectivity services like internet for select areas, among other things. You’ve probably heard by now that Hong Kong has seen a series of continuous protests for well over a month and the protesters have had to get creative since they have to message without internet.
Chat with people more than 330 feet from you by connecting through other Bridgefy users found in the middle. Example: person 1 can talk to person 3 if person 2 is in the middle, making the possible distance of 660 feet (200 meters). The same goes for an unlimited number of people in the chain. Don’t worry! Your messages are safe and can’t be read by those people in the middle.
You can also go into the Broadcast section and send messages to every Bridgefy user around you at the same time, even if you don’t have them on your contacts list!
The solution is actually one that’s available to anyone and everyone that needs it; Bluetooth. There are apps that allow you to message using just the Bluetooth on your device which isn’t something the government can turn off. The app that’s being used in Hong Kong is called Bridgefy. It’s free and available for both iOS and Android.
As usual with any disaster or mass censorship, you want to be prepared before anything happens. Sometimes cell towers become overloaded during mass concerts and events where your family may be. Ideal therefore for music festivals, sports stadiums, rural communities, natural disasters, travelling abroad, and much more.
How to message without internet like the Hong Kong protesters