Monday, June 16, 2008

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Blogging can be dangerous for your health in some parts of the world.  Without a doubt, it has changed the way we receive our news.  Its a form of citizen journalism that is available to almost anyone (including repressive regimes) in the world.

Last year, 2007, was a record year for blogger arrests, with three times as many as in 2006. Egypt, Iran and China are the most dangerous places to blog about political life, accounting for more than half of all arrests since blogging became big," said Assistant Professor Phil Howard, lead author of the World Information Access Report. Howard also suggests that the real number of arrests may be much higher, as not every arrest makes it into the media.

Ars Techina has a great story about a report recently released from the University of Washington that details the increase in arrests.


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