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Blogger, tanto fumo molti arresti

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Pubblico questo studio della Washington University da BBC.com
Blogger arrests hit record high

More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report.

Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.

In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006, it revealed.

More than half of all the arrests since 2003 have been made in China, Egypt and Iran, said the report.

Jail sentence

Citizens have faced arrest and jail for blogging about many different topics, said the World Information Access (WIA) report.

Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task.

The report said the rising number of arrests was testament to the “growing” political importance of blogging. It noted that arrests tended to increase during times of “political uncertainty”, such as around general elections or during large scale protests.

Jail time followed arrest for many bloggers, said the report, which found that the average prison sentence for blogging was 15 months. The longest sentence found by the WIA was eight years.

It acknowledged that the true number of bloggers arrested could be far higher than the total it found as, in some cases, it proved hard to verify if an arrest had taken place and on what grounds.

For instance, it said the Committee to Protect Bloggers has published information about 344 people arrested in Burma – many of whom are thought to be be bloggers – but the WIA could not verify all the reports.

It also noted that many nations, perhaps as many as 30, imposed technological restrictions on what people can do online. In nations such as China this made it difficult for people to use a blog as a means of protest.

The report pointed out that it is not just governments in the Middle East and East Asia that have taken steps against those publishing their opinions online. In the last four years, British, French, Canadian and American bloggers have also been arrested.

The report predicted that the number of blogger arrests in 2008 would exceed the 36 seen in 2007 thanks to greater popularity of blogging as a medium, greater enforcement of net restrictions, and elections in China, Pakistan, Iran and the US.

 

Written by tony

giugno 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Redlasso: cultura della convergenza e multinazionali

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Spesso si straparla di cultura della convergenza. Probabilmente perchè essa si ridefinisce ogni giorno rivoluzionandone la concezione, e declinandosi in nuove forme, grazie sopratutto alla massificazione delle competenze tecnologiche in grado di renderla possibile. Probabilmente è in questo movimento continuo che dal web contamina e nutre gli altri media che va collocata una interessante startup di cui parla Techcrunch. Si tratta di Redlasso, startup per ora in private beta che consente ai blogger di “estrarre” delle clip da programmi televisivi per postarle, customizzarle e commentarle nei propri blog. Come? Attraverso una barra temporale dal look&feel simile a Adobe Premiere, che consente di selezionare la porzione di video desiderata, come vi mostra la foto qui sotto:

Essendo studiata appositamente per i blogger e non volendo diventare simile ad un Tivo (il geniale apparecchio che consente al pubblico statunitense di registrare i programmi saltando la pubblicità) virtuale,  l’azienda ha deciso di adottare un approccio proattivo, tracciando il profilo e l’uso delle clip da parte dei blogger, e riservandosi di bloccare eventuali violazioni del copyright. Ed è proprio su questo fronte che la strada sembra essere in salita: i grandi network statunitensi, come si legge su SiliconAlley, hanno già cominciato a dare battaglia. Apparentemente, nulla di nuovo.  Leggendo il suddetto post, invece, si scopre che emittenti come la NBC non avrebbero problemi se qualche blogger o giornalista prendesse degli spezzoni per commentarli e generare media user generated, se non avesse già stipulato accordi di distribuzoone on line con Hulu o MSNBC.com. Ovvero, Murdoch e Gates. Lo spazio del web come generatore di nuovi media di ritorno non sembra essere ancora stato compreso, come dimostrano le multinazionali interessate ad esso tatticamente come distribuzione, e non strategicamente, leggi a lungo termine, come produzione di contenuti audiovisivi.

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maggio 21, 2008 at 8:41 pm

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