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Laos launches first homegrown messaging app

Rollout raises concerns of increased government surveillance

Sirichalernxay CEO Soulixay wants LoudChat to become an essential part of Laotian's daily life. (Screenshot by Kosuke Inoue)

BANGKOK -- Laos has introduced its first domestically developed messaging app, called LoudChat.

The move is an effort to promote the digitalization of government services, an area in which Laos lags behind many other countries.

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