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Archive for November, 2005

Calm as a (Google)Bomb 2

Posted on November 25, 2005 by Administrator

Young Radicals blog and call for a googlebomb on President Arroyo. Malacanang’s IT parries with a referrer-redirect.

My initial response is similar to Jangelo’s: The President and the Palace are missing out on a chance to enter into a genuine conversation.

But then, I can’t help but think that we’re missing out on a real chance to confront the issue . Googlebombing may give you a temporary jolly, but I’d like to think that blogs can enable sustained, focused, and critical discussion. That was the idea behind The Gloriagate Conversations Blog – widespread, distributed, peer-based analysis and review. We built it and yet no one came. Was everybody busy google-bombing instead?


EFF Fights for Blogger’s Rights 0

Posted on November 18, 2005 by Administrator

The EFF is raising funds to help it keep fighting for blogger’s rights (Those who have cash to spare, especially in the US, I hope you donate or join).

The link contains a list of rights that the EFF has secured (or is in the process of securing) for bloggers:

You Have the Right to Blog Anonymously. EFF has fought for your right to speak anonymously on the Internet, establishing legal protections in several states and federal jurisdictions, and developing technologies to help you protect you identity. With your support, EFF can continue to defend this right, conducting impact litigation to establish strict standards to unmask an anonymous critic in more jurisdictions.

You Have the Right to Keep Sources Confidential. In Apple v. Does, EFF is fighting to establish the reporter’s privilege for online journalists before the California courts. With your support, EFF can defend news bloggers from subpoenas seeking the identity of confidential sources in more jurisdictions.

You Have the Right to Make Fair Use of Intellectual Property. In OPG v. Diebold, Diebold, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic voting machines, had sent out copyright cease-and-desist letters to ISPs after internal documents indicating flaws in their systems were published on the Internet. EFF established the publication was a fair use. With your support, EFF can help fight to protect bloggers from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits.

You have the Right to Allow Readers’ Comments Without Fear. In Barrett v. Rosenthal, EFF is working to establish that Section 230, a strong federal immunity for online publishers, applies to bloggers. With your support, EFF can continue to protect bloggers from liability for comments left by third parties.

You Have the Right to Protect Your Server from Government Seizure. In In re Subpoena to Rackspace. EFF successfully fought to unveil a secret government subpoena that had resulted in more than 20 Independent Media Center (Indymedia) news websites and other Internet services being taken offline. With your support, EFF can hold the government accountable for investigations that cut off protected speech.

You Have the Right to Freely Blog about Elections. EFF has advocated for the sensible application of Federal Election Commission rules to blogs that comment on political campaigns. With your support, EFF can continue to protect political blogs from onerous campaign regulations.

You Have the Right to Blog about Your Workplace. EFF has educated bloggers on their rights to blog about their workplace and developed technologies to help anonymous whistle bloggers. With your support, EFF can help shape the law to protect workplace bloggers from unfair retaliation.

You Have the Right to Access as Media. EFF has educated bloggers on their right to access public information, attend public events with the same rights as mainstream media, and how to blog from public events. With your support, EFF can fight for bloggers’ right to access as media.

Know Your Rights and Prepare to Defend Them. EFF has created the Legal Guide for Bloggers to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger and a guide on How to Blog Safely. With your support, EFF can expand and update these guides.

I guess I can say that we’re fortunate that we don’t have the pressing need for an EFF. For now, at least. The PCIJ TRO may mean it would only be a matter of time. Anyone know any efforts to organize? How can iBlog (and its convenors) help?


Really Bad Attitude 10

Posted on November 13, 2005 by Administrator

So President Arroyo calls media a “bad boy”, chastising it for reporting only the losers. If media’s a bad boy, then the pinoy blogosphere is the deranged problem child chained and locked in the basement. We can obsess over issues that are worth only a few minutes. We don’t run out of pages, and we’re on pretty much 24/7. At the same time, we don’t have editors, no guilds to enforce a code of ethics.

There are thousands of Pinoy blogs out there by now. Are we all bound to be the government’s bad boys and girls?

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