Monday, June 06, 2005

I certainly don't want to be dooced

Dooced: Getting fired because of something that you wrote in your Web log.

The debate about blogging, work, and freedom of speech continues on.

Blogger Heather B. Armstrong -- fired from her Web design job for writing about her job, her co-workers and her life as a single girl in Los Angeles on her personal blog, --
is one of a growing number of people who have been fired for things they posted on a personal blog (Web log - get it?) or Web site. Sometimes the postings were work-related, sometimes not. The question is: with 10 million blogs in cyberspace, where is the balance between an individual's right to privacy and freedom of speech and a company's right to protect its image and proprietary information? And how do we establish those parameters in the free-for-all and largely unlegislated World Wide Web?
More great questions. So, what is a blogger to do?
As employers take steps to protect themselves from employee Web activity, employees are developing standards for how to blog safely. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group in Washington, D.C., recently released a how-to guide for safe blogging. Among other things, it advises bloggers to blog anonymously.
Anonymous? Guess I'm screwed.

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