Blogging Ethics - Anonymity, Freedom of Speech vs. the Dark Side Fili An (RA8967172)
Blogging Ethics… <ul><li>Leading directive for Blogging Freedom of Speech,  self expression. </li></ul><ul><li>But, </li><...
Anonymity / Minimize harm (“to society”) <ul><li>A new type of blog appears in China … an Expat detailing his adventures w...
The right to remain anonymous <ul><li>Chinabounder is anonymous, nobody knows who he is, but people were curious. </li></u...
The Chinese netizens wake up… <ul><li>One day, China unblocks blogspot. The Chinese netizens find out about this blog. </l...
The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what Chinabounder did   unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Chinabounder have the  right to ...
Another perspective - Israel <ul><li>An extremely popular Israeli blog in Hebrew about an anonymous Tel-Aviv male bachelor...
The right to anonymity <ul><li>Can she do this? </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli law – you can’t threaten exposure.   </li></ul><...
The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what The Bachelor did   unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does The Bachelor have the  right to ...
Others’ rights… Jessica Cutler <ul><li>Sex scandals in Washington DC </li></ul><ul><li>Washingtonienne reveals other peopl...
Big scandal… but also Invasion of Privacy <ul><li>Robert Steinbuch claims he’s the “RS” initials and files a 75,000US$ law...
The scary power of the blog(ger)s… <ul><li>Daniel J. Solove :  “A Tale of Two Bloggers: Free Speech and Privacy in the Blo...
Cutler filed to dismiss the case <ul><li>RS already talked about it in office. </li></ul><ul><li>By allowing office gossip...
How’s this going to end… ? <ul><li>Jessica filed for Bankruptcy. </li></ul><ul><li>HBO and Disney plan a movie/TV-show and...
The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what Washingtonienne did   unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does  Washingtonienne  have the  r...
Summing up, what did we have? <ul><li>Cross cultural perspectives on ethics of blogging:  China, China expats, Israel, Ame...
Disclose, be honest and fair  <ul><li>Michael Arrington </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur, investor, writes  about IT compani...
The blogging ethics debate <ul><li>-2003- </li></ul><ul><li>Sean-Paul Kelley  of the </li></ul><ul><li>Agonist , admits to...
That’s just wrong, right? <ul><li>It depends who you ask… </li></ul><ul><li>Against – “It’s so horrible”… </li></ul><ul><u...
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    1. 1. Blogging Ethics - Anonymity, Freedom of Speech vs. the Dark Side Fili An (RA8967172)
    2. 2. Blogging Ethics… <ul><li>Leading directive for Blogging Freedom of Speech, self expression. </li></ul><ul><li>But, </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize harm. </li></ul><ul><li>respect others’ rights. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Anonymity / Minimize harm (“to society”) <ul><li>A new type of blog appears in China … an Expat detailing his adventures with Chinese women. </li></ul>http://chinabounder. blogspot .com/
    4. 4. The right to remain anonymous <ul><li>Chinabounder is anonymous, nobody knows who he is, but people were curious. </li></ul><ul><li>Expats - Some people love it (fan blogs - Chinaboundress), some people despise it, some just don’t care. </li></ul>http://whoischinabounder.blogspot.com/
    5. 5. The Chinese netizens wake up… <ul><li>One day, China unblocks blogspot. The Chinese netizens find out about this blog. </li></ul><ul><li>A Chinese professor, Zhang Jiehai 张结海 (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), calls on his blog for the Chinese Netizens to “ Hunt down the Immoral foreigner ”. </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of Netizens re-read the blog to connect small details and find out who the guy is. </li></ul><ul><li>The HUNT is ON… </li></ul>http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20060828_1.htm
    6. 6. The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what Chinabounder did unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Chinabounder have the right to Freedom of speech , maintaining his anonymity and privacy ? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Another perspective - Israel <ul><li>An extremely popular Israeli blog in Hebrew about an anonymous Tel-Aviv male bachelor sleeping around. </li></ul><ul><li>His blog is highly controversial. Some girls love his blog, some girls want to take him down. </li></ul>
    8. 8. The right to anonymity <ul><li>Can she do this? </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli law – you can’t threaten exposure. </li></ul><ul><li>An Injunction was issued. </li></ul>http://www.filination.com/blog/2007/05/20/haravak-israels-sex-blogger-scandal-the-israeli-china-bounder/
    9. 9. The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what The Bachelor did unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does The Bachelor have the right to Freedom of speech , maintaining his anonymity and privacy ? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Others’ rights… Jessica Cutler <ul><li>Sex scandals in Washington DC </li></ul><ul><li>Washingtonienne reveals other people’s secrets using initials. </li></ul>http://washingtoniennearchive.blogspot.com/
    11. 11. Big scandal… but also Invasion of Privacy <ul><li>Robert Steinbuch claims he’s the “RS” initials and files a 75,000US$ lawsuit for Invasion of Privacy. </li></ul><ul><li>“ There are graphic and intimate details which are not true,” he said in a telephone interview. “Those are facts that are going to be litigated.” (wonkette.com) </li></ul>
    12. 12. The scary power of the blog(ger)s… <ul><li>Daniel J. Solove : “A Tale of Two Bloggers: Free Speech and Privacy in the Blogosphere” </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging perceived as tool for freedom, expression, and self-development. </li></ul><ul><li>But … makes gossip online permanent and widespread. </li></ul><ul><li>Making it harder to engage in self exploration if every thing is detailed. </li></ul><ul><li>Ironically, the freedom of information might impede our self-development and freedom. </li></ul>(slightly adjusted to presentation style)
    13. 13. Cutler filed to dismiss the case <ul><li>RS already talked about it in office. </li></ul><ul><li>By allowing office gossip he waived his privacy rights. </li></ul><ul><li>How could he have expect to keep it a secret? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a personal blog – no body reads it, it’s like writing on a bathroom wall. </li></ul><ul><li>First amendment – newsworthy for her to share sex-power in DC with the world. </li></ul>http://www.privsecblog.com/archives/blogging-sex-blogger-motion-denied.html Denied “ Public interest”
    14. 14. How’s this going to end… ? <ul><li>Jessica filed for Bankruptcy. </li></ul><ul><li>HBO and Disney plan a movie/TV-show and received similar lawsuits from RS. </li></ul>Who knows?
    15. 15. The ethical dilemma <ul><li>Is what Washingtonienne did unethical ? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Washingtonienne have the right to Freedom of speech ? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Summing up, what did we have? <ul><li>Cross cultural perspectives on ethics of blogging: China, China expats, Israel, America. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger’s right to “ Freedom of speech ” vs. The Dark Side of blogging - Harming others, harming society, violating others’ privacy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger’s right of anonymity and privacy. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Disclose, be honest and fair <ul><li>Michael Arrington </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur, investor, writes about IT companies and startups, discloses on invested companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Does his affiliation influence his writing? </li></ul><ul><li>Michael : I disclose when I’m involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers : You’re –always- involved (e.g. competition). </li></ul>
    18. 18. The blogging ethics debate <ul><li>-2003- </li></ul><ul><li>Sean-Paul Kelley of the </li></ul><ul><li>Agonist , admits to Wired that he copied articles and news items from the Stratfor news agency. </li></ul>http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2003/04/58346
    19. 19. That’s just wrong, right? <ul><li>It depends who you ask… </li></ul><ul><li>Against – “It’s so horrible”… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s plain plagiarism ”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A blow to blogger credibility”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Larry Pryor/Online Journalism Review - &quot;If they are going to be taken seriously, they have to follow [ethical] rules.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For - “Not such a big deal”… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Blogging is free”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This is what blogging is about”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Grabowicz , director at UC Berkeley - &quot;anything goes in Weblogs … I don't think they need to be held to the same standards [as journalists]&quot; </li></ul></ul>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63407-2003Apr9.html

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