Friday, January 27, 2006

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents

Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) has published a freely-downloadable guide to blogging anonymously entitled "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents". In their words:
Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression.

Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest.

Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles.
Not that this blog has any journalistic aspirations, but it is useful to know how to let loose my inner freak online without those around me being any the wiser.

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