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Can Online Publishers Be Held Legally Liable for What They Publish?

Online publishing is a booming niche, and while the competition is stiff, there are still many who flock to the Internet to try their hand at it. Yes, it is not too late for anyone to enter the online publishing realm. Whether you’re new to the game, or you have been at it for quite some time now, one important thing you ought to realize is that just because you’re publishing online doesn’t mean you can be held legally liable for what you publish.

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Of course, legal obligations of online publishers depend on where they are based or registered, but the short of it is this: you can be taken to court because of what you publish on your blog or web site. Read More

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and others ask for less NSA snooping

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others ask for less NSA snooping (via The Inquirer)

MANY OF THE WORLD’S largest information technology firms have written an open letter to the US government asking for surveillance reform. Firms that have put their names to the letter are Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Apple, and…


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Listen to our PandoWeekly interview with NYU professor Jay Rosen about the media in an NSA state

Listen to our PandoWeekly interview with NYU professor Jay Rosen about the media in an NSA state (via Pando Daily)

By David Holmes On August 30, 2013Jay Rosen is a journalism professor at NYU (disclosure: he taught me). But it’s the summertime, school’s out, and so he’s in full-on blogging mode over at his site PressThink, which just turned ten years old.…


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Blogging Pitfalls: What You Need in Your Site’s Footer

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When it comes to blog design, most put the lion’s share of their effort on the area that “above the fold” or what appears on the screen before the user has done any scrolling.

This makes a lot of sense because this is the first thing that visitors see and, as we have discussed before, you can’t ignore blog design as these first impressions can literally make or break your blog.

But what about the content at the other end of your blog? While it might not be the first thing that people read or even something your casual visitor will observe at all, it still has a series of critical functions for your site and ignoring it outright simply is not an option.

Most importantly though, it is the first place at least some of your visitors will look for key information and, if they do, you need to make sure you have what they’re looking for there. Otherwise, there could be legal or other related issues to not having your information available.

In short, you can’t afford to ignore your site’s footer. It’s an important part of your site and one you need to craft carefully both to maximize its usefulness and to avoid any unnecessary trouble.

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Typepad Embracing Private Blogging?

It looks like Typepad (a blogging service by Say Media) is finally allowing bloggers to speak their mind without revealing their thoughts to the entire world.

When you enable password protection, only those people that you supply the username and password to will be able to view your blog. Everyone else will get a prompt to enter the username and password and, if they don’t know it, won’t be able to view the blog.

You can choose to password protect only specific blogs and Photo Albums or you can password protect your entire account. (Everything Typepad) Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Keeping Your Private Life Private

Blogging is, by its very nature, a public act. Every word you put online is in front of the entire world and everything you say is instantly searchable and viewable by anyone with the curiosity and motivation to find it.

However, even bloggers who talk about their personal lives typically want to have some level of segregation between their online presence and their existence away from the computer. Most people don’t want random calls on their telephones, they don’t want their personal information posted on the Web and they certainly don’t want to have their identities stolen.

The problem is that the Web does not always respect the boundaries we wish it would. The Web can, and often does, intrude into our private lives in ways that we would not like and, as bloggers,we are especially vulnerable to this.

While it’s not a problem you can completely eliminate, especially with the ever-growing list of research tools and public databases that can impact even those who don’t have an online presence at all, it is a problem we can mitigate.

Unfortunately, it requires some advance planning and forethought into these issues, the nature of the Web is that once something is put out there it stays out there. Still, most of the steps are common sense and are just as important for non-bloggers as they are the most prolific authors working.

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Do You Need Absolute Privacy?

rusted lockYou would think that the owner of every single WordPress site out there would want as many visitors as possible, but you’d be wrong. Not everyone needs Sunday Morning SEO.
There are plenty of reasons why you would want to keep a blog as private as possible. Perhaps you’re using it as an project site in conjunction with the awesome P2 theme and you only want the project members seeing the posts and responding or perhaps you have just set up a site for you newly born and you want to share those early updates with just your family. Read More

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