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OP/ED: Bloggers of the World Unite

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posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 01:38 AM
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You Have Nothing to Lose but Their Chains. Abovetopsecret.com is apolitical because it has to be. It's members hail from across the globe and express diverse political and religious views and abovetopsecret.com must stay above it all if it is to be the big tent under which we learn about each other.
 


There are, however, guiding principles which can not be cut from the working principles of the board itself. Those are the basic freedoms of speech, expression, and religion. Without these freedoms what is ATS ?

Bloggers Mojtaba Saminejad and Arash Sigarchi are being detained by the Iranian authorities for doing nothing other than exercising their basic freedoms and abovetopsecret.com supports fully the campaign by the Committee to Protect Bloggers to raise awareness of the plight of Mojtaba and Arash.

The words of John Donne are as pertinent in this internet age as they were in his own. Please take the time today to read and understand them.

No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.


[edit on 22-2-2005 by SkepticOverlord]




posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 08:10 AM
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Good post, JB 1


This is an interesting article, worthy of note:

Free Expression Can Be Costly


Even if workers write the blog anonymously, an employer may be able to take the position that blogging "is inconsistent with the business mission," said Jonathan A. Segal, an employment attorney in Philadelphia.

Usually the blogger has little protection. "In most states," said Gregg M. Lemley, a St. Louis labor lawyer, "if an employer doesn't like what you're talking about, they can simply terminate you."

And that is happening enough that there is even a word for it -- getting "dooced." Blogger Heather B. Armstrong coined the phrase in 2002, after she was fired from her Web design job for writing about work and colleagues on her blog, Dooce.com.

Although workers have been writing blogs for years, companies have been slow to create policies to cover them. "Most employers as of now do not have blogging policies, just as 10 years ago they didn't have e-mail policies and now they do," Segal said.

E-mail and Internet policies that have been developed were created to deal with improper employee usage during work hours. Very few companies have rules governing employee computer habits outside work.



posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 08:22 AM
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Taken from the article parrhesia posted
Very few companies have rules governing employee computer habits outside work.


What gives any company the right to say what an employee does or does not do in his/her own spare time.



posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 08:25 AM
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Originally posted by sardion2000
What gives any company the right to say what an employee does or does not do in his/her own spare time.


Exactly...
Remember that company that banned any of its workers from smoking at all ?
Well, this would be another instance... though at the moment it seems to be unwritten.



posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 10:34 AM
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Bloggers Mojtaba Saminejad and Arash Sigarchi are being detained by the Iranian authorities for doing nothing other than exercising their basic freedoms

People all over the planet are arrested for doing just that. Why consider these two particularly important or worthy of attention? Outside of the pragmatic matter of bloggers self-identifying with them and writting about their plight, ie having a ready made, easily propagated media blitz campaign?



posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 03:58 PM
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Originally posted by Nygdan

Bloggers Mojtaba Saminejad and Arash Sigarchi are being detained by the Iranian authorities for doing nothing other than exercising their basic freedoms

People all over the planet are arrested for doing just that. Why consider these two particularly important or worthy of attention? Outside of the pragmatic matter of bloggers self-identifying with them and writting about their plight, ie having a ready made, easily propagated media blitz campaign?



Unlike in the outside world, we are not divided by oceans and politics and time. The internet is sacrosanct, a global link, an infinite possibility - and a responsibility. ...It is democracy's last stand, both a battle and a tool.

Of course we will stand together.


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