Reporters Without Borders produced Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents as a resource for bloggers in countries with government-owned newspapers and repressive governments. Bloggers in the free world will learn from it as well. Applying journalistic principles and ethics to blogging is a geat idea.
I know the blogosphere is a great place to discover current, offbeat and specialized information. What I did not realize is the impact blogging has on the freedom of speech in countries not of the free world.
Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
At great risk to themselves, bloggers in these areas post the news as they know it. Frequently, they are the only source of current, truthful information from a specific area of the world.
The handbook explains how to set up, to syndicate, and to establish the credibility of a blog. More importantly, it describes how to blog anonymously in a dangerous situation.
The handbook includes these topics:
- Bloggers, the new heralds of free expression
- What’s a blog ?
- The language of blogging
- Choosing the best tool
- How to set up and run a blog
- What ethics should bloggers have ?
- Getting your blog picked up by search-engines
- What really makes a blog shine ?
- Personal accounts:
- Hong Kong
- How to blog anonymously
- Technical ways to get around censorship
- Ensuring your e-mail is truly private
- Internet-censor world championship