Thursday, September 22, 2005

Can't Keep a Good Blogger Down

The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has just released a new guide with tips for bloggers and dissidents to avoid Internet censors in countries from China to Iran:

"Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents" includes technical advice on how to remain anonymous online.

"Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure," Julien Pain, head of the watchdog's Internet Freedom desk, writes in the introduction.

In a bid to inspire budding Web diarists around the world, the 87-page booklet gives advice on setting up and running blogs, and on using pseudonyms and anonymous proxies, which can be used to replace easily traceable home computer addresses.

"With a bit of common sense, perseverance and especially by picking the right tools, any blogger should be able to overcome censorship," Pain writes.

Full article: Guide Aims to Help Bloggers Beat Censors (via The Associated Press)

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