Now that a lot of well known Malaysian bloggers are more exposed to the general public. I think it’s about time we take things to the next level. For months now before all of this happened, I’ve written about the responsibility of a blogger towards the general public and what a personal blogger represents to him or herself. I’ve also written about privacy and the price of freedom that we bloggers have to face…all this before this issue became something to worry about.
Now it’s time for me to ask a question that I can’t really say on my own.
And I need your help to figure it out.
Edrei’s Questions To Serious Bloggers:
- Are we covered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Legal Guide to Blogging. If not could we ever be?
- Are we covered by the Creative Commons Licences and if not could we ever be?
After reading here and here. Now even though I am a biotechnologist and no nothing much about politics aside from my idealistic views on freedom and responsibility. I think that all this possibility of backlashes, blogging plagarism, going underground and possible self-censorships of a blogger and their post stems from the one simple fact that we cannot deny.
We have no rights.
At least none in black and white.
What’s the point of freedom of speech when you can only have the freedom to say good things? What’s the point of expressing ones individuality when someone can copy it off and use it for their own? What’s the point of going underground when a personal blogger originally chose to share their life out there with the rest of us?
Now being the person that I am, I like to propose something to the blogging masses. Why can’t we have a rule of law giving us the right to protect OURSELVES from such backlash? I know Malaysia can be a little shitty when it comes to laws and censorship and all that. All I’m asking is…
If we were to go about it…how would we make a law to protect ourselves?
I’m just doing what I do best. All I’m saying is that before bigger problems can come about, we should at least prepare ourselves for that possible if not eventual future. Even if we had the power to say anything at all within our own country, the freedom of speech means that anything can be said in both ways…which includes individuals and not the government suing our asses off for libel. But that’s a long time more to go.
Right here and right now is what I see and I see we need something to protect us. The future is for us to plan ahead and see that things we never want to see will never happen.
So…anyone have any ideas?