Is it time to regulate blogs and bloggers?

An article appeared in Today yesterday (hee I couldn’t resist that)  entitled: “time for bloggers to self-regulate” in response to 2 pieces of news rocking the international blogosphere recently.

One is the recent news about China wanting the Chinese netizens to submit real names and ID card numbers when registering for a blog account. While this can be seen as a way to ensure that netizens are responsible bloggers who think carefully before they blog, it can also be seen as a strong signal for censorship. Big Brother is watching!

The other piece of news is Malaysia’s plans to impose Internet laws to control the blogosphere.

The Today article can be seen as a way of preempting Singapore’s control of the blogosphere by asking bloggers to self regulate. Instead of having a state-controlled blogosphere, it’s better if bloggers abide by some basic rules that by now, would and should have evolved.

Already, some companies such as IBM have devloped their own codes of conduct for employee bloggers. There are also many other samples of corporate blogging rules  available on the Web.

Bloggers could also take the cue from the regulations used by conventional media. These of course include the need to be responsible and accurate when uploading information. Only then can blogs be taken seriously as a new form of media.

Perhaps it’s time bloggers in Singapore get a little bit more organised and evolve a workable set of regulations that would serve their blogging needs.


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2 Responses to Is it time to regulate blogs and bloggers?

  1. Inq says:

    ‘self regulate’? You mean ‘allow the government to regulate the self before the self regulates’ don’t you.

    Why? Simple. Governments in chinese countries know that they can only hold their ground on the basis of the relative intellectual docility of the population. Thus, the free exchange of information, the intermingling of ethnic groups, etc, etc, must always be ‘self’-regulated. The integrity of chinese culture is always threatened by the infusion of ‘foreign’ ideas, and if this happens, the integrity of the government is always compromised by relatively enlightened minds.

  2. blogscapes says:

    In many ways, indeed, state regulation does often get internalised, leading to ‘self-regulation’.

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