Okay, we are watching it happen before our eyes. The legitimacy of blogging has now come of age. Government is trying to stop us, regulate and control us. Let’s not wait until they start passing big nasty laws, we have to go proactive with this and protect our first amendment right. The blogosphere is the last protected uncontrolled expanse of free speech publication left to us. It’s where we’ll be getting our real news, so let’s not lose it.
San Francisco Attempts to Regulate Blogging: “Lawrence Person writes ‘Forget about theocratic Iran or Communist China; today’s report of a political entity trying to regulate blogging comes not from The People’s Republic of China, but rather The People’s Republic of San Francisco. ‘The San Francisco Board of Supervisors [announced] yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.’ Worse, this is not an April Fools joke. It seems that ‘campaign finance reform’ is turning out to be the biggest Trojan Horse in the campaign to regulate free speech. ‘Are you now or have you ever been a blogger?” Chris Nolan — the ‘not a joke’ link above — is more reserved about the true scope of the proposed law (which would deal with election-related journaling specifically, not most diary-style Web journals), but has little good to say about it.”