Google, Blogger, Buggering Bloggers About, And More ...
So sayeth the B.B.C.* Free speech online 'under threat' *
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.
"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.
Read more on the campaign and sign a pledge on Internet freedom.
* 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.