Thursday, September 29, 2005

Reporters Without Borders Releases Blog Handbook

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:
    • Germany
    • Bahrain
    • USA
    • Hong Kong
    • Iran
    • Nepal
  • How to blog anonymously
  • Technical ways to get around censorship
  • Ensuring your e-mail is truly private
  • Internet-censor world championship

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