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27 October 2006

Google, Blogger, Buggering Bloggers About, And More ...

* Free speech online 'under threat' *
So sayeth the B.B.C.

Google has been criticised for its stance on China

Bloggers are being asked to show their support for freedom of expression by Amnesty International.

The human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals.

The organisation said fundamental rights such as free speech faced graver threats than ever before.

The campaign coincides with the start of a week-long UN-organised conference that will debate the future of the net.

Watching words

"Freedom of expression online is a right, not a privilege - but it's a right that needs defending," said Steve Ballinger of Amnesty International. "We're asking bloggers worldwide to show their solidarity with web users in countries where they can face jail just for criticising the government."

Read the rest of the relevant report, right here.

One thing which we're already well aware of, is that 'blogger' - since being bought by 'Google' - has gotten worse, not better.

And we know for a fact that besides ourselves, many more bloggers are currently being driven round the bend (well, nearly), as 'blogger's own master-site has been 'down' for almost as long and almost as often as it has been 'up'.

Which brings we particular pair of 'browned-off-with-blogger' old buggers, around to this.


* Chat rooms monitored.

* Blogs deleted.

* Websites blocked.

* Search engines restricted.

* People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.

The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights.

Governments, with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world, are cracking down on freedom of expression.

Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer UK newspaper, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.

Read more on the campaign and sign a pledge on Internet freedom.



Blogger Richard said...

Looks like a good time to get a comment of my own in first.

As well as blogger making the job about 4 or 5 times more difficult and taking 4 or 5 times longer to do, we've been busy with a whole other bunch of stuff. That's why we've not been responding as swiftly as we should, and usualy do.

You know, mundane things like hospitals, clinics, doctors, dentists, opticians, chiropodists and such. Then, double most of them 'cos the missus had her fair share of similar stuff too. And as we just hate to be apart - heh, heh - we mostly try to keep each other company for this sort of stuff.

And, just for good measure we even had a going away party and then a wedding to go to, too. Phew!

Next on the agenda it's a birthday party. Ha. The famine or the feast, eh.

Anyway, thanks for all your continued, support -- of every kind.

9:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too worry about the whats, whens, wheres and hows of the free net and it's future. I have done for quite a while - especially about the bloggers like yourself.

By all means, don't meekly bow down to the dictators, but while staying brave 'n true don't forget to please take care.

11:42 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

Don't let the B's get you down Rick.

Slightly o/t but I found this about websites in general, and I remember you recently talking about some readers having problems with posting comments if they have to copy little codes first. It means a lot to me personaly and might to others too.

Designing a more accessible web

By Katie Ledger
Click Reporter

People who find it difficult to use a computer keyboard and mouse, can turn to other devices to navigate the internet, but if the site has not been designed with accessibility in mind, using the web can prove to be a frustrating experience.

Accessible sites can benefit everyone using the internet
What does web accessibility mean to you?

Probably not a lot. But to some it is the key to actually being able to use the internet.

For a lot more of us though, it might mean a quicker, simpler and easier web experience.

In 2004, the UK's Disability Rights Commission investigated 1,000 websites. It found that 800 of those sites failed to meet minimum accessibility standards set by the web's regulatory body, the World Wide Web Consortium.

It also discovered that if a site is accessible by a disabled user it is also a third quicker for an able-bodied person to complete tasks too.

Link for full piece is here.

11:16 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

The net is the ordinary people's most threatening weapon to the establishment's total dominance - since Caxton's printing press was invented. In fact I'd say it's even more so.

They can not let it alone in it's present form - unfortunately for 'we the people'.

12:38 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

What doesn't Google own these days? The way it's going, the net's going to be monopolised like most msm soon. Then what?

(Btw, I hope you're not too much under the weather again?)

5:13 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Something funny IS going on Richard. I've had no end of trouble getting in here for about a week now. Same at other lefty blogs too.

1:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atrios says blogger's bloggered too

10:45 pm  

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