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From EduPage, July 19, 2006
India Clamps Down On Blogs
BBC, 19 July 2006
- The Indian government has ordered the country's 153 ISPs to block access to 17 Web sites, some of them blogs, causing an outcry among the country's bloggers. The government issued a directive in 2003 noting that it has the authority to restrict Web sites if they are deemed threatening to the state or its relationship with other countries or could potentially incite crime. The blogging community in India has reacted strongly, criticizing the government for censoring free speech. One blogger, Amit Agarwal, said his country has "joined the Internet Filtering Club of China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Ethiopia." Others expressed fears that the government is trying to restrict all blogs in the country, a charge the government denied.
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From EduPage, February 1, 2006
Microsoft Outlines Blog Censorship Policy
Internet News, 1 February 2006
From New York Times, November 26, 2005
As Corporate Ad Money Flows Their Way, Bloggers Risk Their Rebel Reputation
By Louise Story
- After beginning as a vehicle for anti-establishment, noncommercial writers, many Web logs have laid out welcome mats for corporate America in the last couple of years. Read the article.
From Chicago Tribune, November 21, 2005
- College students' frank and accessible Web sites have campus leaders concerned. Meg McSherry Breslin and James Kimberly report. Read the article.
From New York Times, September 28, 2005
On the Candidates' Blogs, Writing Right and Wrong
By Patrick D. Healy
- As a former Catholic school boy from the Bronx, surely Fernando Ferrer knows that falsehoods can trip you up. Read the article.
From New York Times, September 18, 2005
Psst: Want to Know My Net Worth?
By Elizabeth Harris
- For an increasing number of people, blogging is all about the money.
Read the article
From EduPage, September 16, 2005
Blogs Enlisted For Recruitment
Wall Street Journal, 15 September 2005
- A number of colleges and universities have begun including student blogs in the list of resources used in effort to attract new students. According to David Hawkins, director of public policy at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, high school counselors and students want highly personal information as part of their recommendations and decisions about what college to attend. The personal, free-form nature of blog writing offers institutions just the kind of insight into the daily lives of students that prospective students are looking for. Lewis and Clark College, which highlights nine student blogs, advises bloggers to use discretion in what they enter in their blogs, which are not censored. "We tell bloggers your mother is going to read this, and your grandmother is going to be reading this," said Mike Sexton, dean of admissions at Lewis and Clark.
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From EduPage, August 31, 2005
Army On The Lookout For Sensitive Info Online
Federal Computer Week, 30 August 2005
- U.S. Army officials have said they will take a closer look at blogs and Web sites maintained by soldiers. Many such blogs and Web sites include photographs or other information that inadvertently exposes classified or sensitive information to anyone with access to the Internet. Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army’s chief of staff, noted that soldiers routinely post pictures online that include "tactics, techniques, and procedures" for weapons systems. According to Richard Cody, Army vice chief of staff, "The enemy is actively searching the unclassified networks for information, especially sensitive photos." Schoomaker issued a memo saying that the Army will work to closely monitor Web sites and blogs to avoid operational security violations, which "needlessly place lives at risk and degrade the effectiveness of our operations."
From New York Times, August 16, 2005
From Blog to Stage, a Pundit Examines the Power of Politics
By Margo Jefferson
- Lee Papa, a blogger, shows his face in "The Rude Pundit in the Year of Living Rudely," a one-man show at the New York International Fringe Festival. Read the article.
From New York Times, July 24, 2005
Write All About It (at Your Own Risk)
by Matt Villano
- A blog can be a great way to vent about work. It can also be an invitation to a pink slip. Read the story.
From Chronicle of Higher Education, June 24, 2005
Blogs as a Tool for Teaching
by Steven B. Krause
- Interesting insights into blogging, and at a philosophical level, illustrates that technology doesn’t always have the effects one might think.
Read the article
From Knowledge@Wharton, June 15, 2005
Wikis, Weblogs and RSS: What Does the New Internet Mean for Business?
- The Internet is entering a new phase that will decentralize control within companies, enable employees to collaborate more easily, and drive efficiency. But corporations that want to use the web strategically to build corporate value will not just need to make radical cultural changes, they may also need to master a new vocabulary with terms such as Wikis, Weblogs, and RSS. What will this new Internet mean for business? Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach discussed this issue with three experts who will be speaking at the Supernova 2005 conference in San Francisco later this month.
From EduPage, May 9, 2005
Student Shuts Down Blog After Threat From Singapore
Reuters, 9 May 2005
- Chen Jiahao, a graduate student in chemical physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has shut down his personal blog and issued two apologies after an agency of the government in Singapore threatened to sue Chen for defamation. A*Star, the agency in Singapore dealing with science and research, accused Chen, who is from Singapore, of libelous statements that "went way beyond fair comment." The agency demanded a public apology but said Chen's first apology was insincere and insisted on another. A*Star said it welcomes various opinions and perspectives, but many in the journalism community rejected that claim.
Singapore has long had a reputation for using tactics including lawsuits to silence critics. Organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters without Borders have decried Singapore's threats to Chen and journalists. "Chen criticized some of A*Star's policies," said Julien Pain, head of Reporters without Borders' Internet freedom desk, "but there was nothing defamatory in what he wrote."