Handbook For Bloggers, Cyber-Dissidents

While researching a speech on Whack-A-Mole publishing in developing democracies, the editor discovered Reporters Sans Frontieres, (Reporters Without Borders) have created the "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents".

The text's table of contents reveal the subversive intent of this free press tome.

  • Bloggers, the new heralds of free expression
  • What’s a blog ?
  • The language of blogging
  • Choosing the best tool
  • How to set up and run a blog
  • What ethics should bloggers have ?
  • Getting your blog picked up by search-engines
  • What really makes a blog shine ?
  • Personal accounts:
  • - Germany
  • - Bahrain
  • - USA
  • - Hong Kong
  • - Iran
  • - Nepal
  • How to blog anonymously
  • Technical ways to get around censorship

Ensuring your e-mail is truly private

  • Internet-censor world championship

The book was listed among the items used by the monks of Myanmar (Burma) to keep publishing even after the government stopped all email traffic and censored all traditional news outlets and their web distribution.

Reporters Without Borders also has issued its ranking of governments based upon treatment of the free press. After 7 Northern European countries who all tied for first, came The Czech Republic, number 2, and its former half, Slovakia, 3. Ukraine rose from 113 to 92. The United States fell 20 points to 44 out of 168 nations.

The book includes advice for blogging anonymously in the U.S.

Whack-A-Mole Publishing? The idea that one uses so many web outlets on which to place content that no government can find it all. If you want to play Whack-A-Mole, and get the idea of what it takes to stamp out multiple messengers, go to the game,

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