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Sunday, January 08, 2006


Blog Safer: The Anoniblogging Wiki

This wiki contains our five initial guides on how to blog more safely.

Across the globe, countries that discourage free speech have followed their citizens into the blogosphere. According to one count, in the last two years at least 30 bloggers (and there are no doubt more) have been interrogated, arrested, tortured and sentenced to long prison terms for the "crime" of speaking critically about their governments. Regardless of your culture, your country, your politics or religion, we believe you deserve to speak your mind without falling afoul of state power. Unfortunately, what you deserve and what you get are not always the same thing. So, for those of you who wish to speak out on your blogs, but who do not wish to risk imprisonment or worse for doing so, we have prepared guides that will help you to blog more safely by blogging more anonymously.

But please note: Blogging can never be completely anonymous. With enough time, resources and political will, a group or government can discover who you are. We cannot guarantee that even if you follow the instructions on these guides to the letter that you will run no risk. You always take a chance when you speak your mind to people who cannot tolerate dissent. But we hope that these guides will enable you to minimize those risks, or at least be more aware of them.

Please think of what we've done here as a starting point. We encourage you to expand, update and edit the existing guides. If your country, area or language is not represented, we hope you will take advantage of the resources we have provided and build your own anonymous blogging guides. Above all, as you help to develop this resource, we wish you to stay safe and free and speaking to the world as your conscience dictates.

A wiki is a web site that anyone can make changes to and all previous versions are permanently viewable in an archive. To make changes here you can log in with any name and email, and the word "blogsafe4u". We hope that these guides will improve with user participation. For help using this wiki, see Wiki Style. To learn more about wikis in general see Wikipedia's definition of wiki.


This wiki is a Spirit of America project. Donations to support it are much appreciated.

Saudia Arabia (in Arabic); also useful for bloggers in other Arabic-speaking countries that limit free speech. The live, editable version is here ArabicAnonymousBloggingGuide. Download Word version of Arabic Anonymous Blogging Guide here.

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