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Bloggers have same rights as regular journalists in the US

Posted on Tue, May 30, 2006 at 11:16 PM by Andrew Chadwick

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Update to a development discussed in the Conclusion to Internet Politics. In March 2005, a Santa Clara County Superior Court decision ruled that bloggers were not entitled to the same First Amendment protections as regularly employed journalists. The case involved Apple Computer's subpoenaing of three gossip blog owners on the grounds that the sites published trade secrets about forthcoming Apple products. The company sought the names of the sites' 'insider' sources. The fact that these blogs act as wonderful free publicity for the company seems to have escaped their notice, but the longer term implications for more overtly political blogs could have been significant, had it not been for today's decision.

MoveOn moves on from transnational politics?

Posted on Mon, May 22, 2006 at 7:25 PM by Andrew Chadwick

Looking at how MoveOn is developing, attempts to seamlessly integrate the transnational appear to have given way to a much more traditional focus on national politics. The MoveOn peace campaign founded in the aftermath of 9/11 has been gradually downplayed in the organization's public profile. This presents us with some interesting questions around the necessity of establishing transnational 'credentials' as part of constructing successful online networks. Claiming three quarters of a million overseas supporters adds symbolic weight to the campaign, but how many of these supporters were or are truly essential to the predominantly national campaigns MoveOn now organizes?

Some Internet Politics Related Links

Posted on Mon, May 22, 2006 at 12:53 PM by Andrew Chadwick

Open source in India

Posted on Sat, May 13, 2006 at 7:48 PM by Andrew Chadwick

A nice article by Bill Thompson on the benefits of free and open source software (FOSS) in India, with some original and provocative arguments about FOSS's compatibility with western capitalism:

Until now free and open source software has been one of the ways in which the US spread its values around the world, the soft guy approach that seems to oppose but in fact is symbiotic with hard-edged capitalism on the Microsoft and Intel model. Both are firmly embedded in US cultural values, and the free market is as important to Linux as it is to Microsoft.

But also how the developing countries might subvert this:

These programmers will take today’s Linux code and make it far more useful to the people of India and other developing countries than today’s predominantly Western developer community ever could. And when that happens the centre of free software development will soon begin to move from the US and Europe.
Free software provides a bridge between the affluence of the West and the poverty of most of the world’s population, and amounts to a massive flow of intellectual capital into the developing world.

New CDT report on privacy and surveillance

Posted on Mon, May 08, 2006 at 10:04 PM by Andrew Chadwick

A thoughtful and detailed new report from the Center for Democracy and Technology on challenges to privacy (pdf). Very US-focused but brings some of the stories in Chapter 11 up to date.


Posted on Mon, May 08, 2006 at 11:51 AM by Andrew Chadwick

Details on the latest Zapatista FloodNet hacktivist virtual sit-in are here. Over 100,000 participated. See also the story about the denial of service attacks on the site of Save Our State, a right-wing anti-immigration movement.

Brian McNair on the global digital news revolution

Posted on Sun, May 07, 2006 at 12:47 PM by Andrew Chadwick

An exciting trailer article for the new book. See also Jeff Jarvis's interesting article from the week before.

New Labour, new web strategy?

Posted on Sat, May 06, 2006 at 6:39 PM by Andrew Chadwick

After the government's meltdown in the local elections, Blair has given Hazel Blears the job of revamping the party's website. The aim is to appeal to younger voters through greater interactivity:

"We must move from a mainly passive relationship...to one where supporters interact with us, with local party members and with each other."

It'll be interesting to see if this means convergence on the US Democratic Party model.

Update: more evidence for a potential 'culture shift' from Nick Anstead?

Edited on: Sat, May 13, 2006 7:59 PM

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