Most Russians still favor web censorship, but those attitudes are changing

A majority of Russians supports the censorship of the internet, according to a poll carried out late September and published this week by the independent Levada Center (as spotted by the Moscow Times). The research outfit found that 54 percent of the 1,630 respondents, spread across Russia, agreed that there was a need for web censorship. However, that was down from 63 percent a couple years before – and the percentage of respondents opposed to online censorship was up from 19 to 31. Unsurprisingly, those in favor of online censorship were more likely to be people who don’t use the internet, like a third of Russians. A recent law allows Russian authorities to censor the output of bloggers as they do with broadcast journalists.

If we are all journalists, should we all be protected?

The case of “investigative blogger” Crystal Cox reinforces that some governments are lagging behind when it comes to extending freedom-of-the-press protections to non-traditional journalists like bloggers. When anyone can be a journalist, how do we decide who gets protection and who doesn’t?

Andrew Sullivan on the art of blogging [Video]

Andrew Sullivan, a well known political commentator, ex-magazine editor and legendary blogger offers up some great tips and advice to aspiring bloggers on the art of blogging. More than a decade after I started blogging, I couldn’t agree with Sullivan more. Enjoy the video.

Arianna Huffington: Slave Owner or Crowdsourcing Pioneer?

Web 2.0 has grown up and is calling in the lawyers. A blogger for The Huffington Post has launched a class-action arguing that writers — who agreed to provide content without pay — should get a share of the $315 million it got from AOL.

5 Additional Contacts Every Web Worker Should Have

In a previous post here at WWD, I gave a list of four essential contacts for web workers. The list included a mentor, a newbie, the walking social network, and the non-techie. While those contacts will help you enrich your career, there are other contacts you’ll need if you want to have more opportunities, or if you need help in establishing the businesses side of your web working practice.
The lawyer. Contracts and legal documents are part of every web worker’s life. We often need to sign non-disclosure agreements, independent contractor documents, and telecommuting agreements. Having a lawyer as a contact can be handy, especially if you want to start a business, translate legalese, or draft your own contracts when templates just won’t do.
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Karina’s Capsule: Jake & Julia

For her day job, sex columnist/Gawker punching bag/celebrity commentator Julia Allison goes on cable news shows and assesses the behavior of people like Britney Spears by offering pithy diagnoses along the lines of, “Who needs a boyfriend when you’ve got the paps?” She — or someone — records those segments by pointing a camera at the television, then uploads the recordings to Vimeo, the video-sharing site founded by Jakob Lodwick, who happens to be Allison’s sometime boyfriend. A few weeks ago, Lodwick and Allison broke up and then got back together — both via blog post. Since their reconciliation, Allison has been using the same Vimeo account to display (generally PG-rated) videos of the couple…being a couple.

I pretty much missed the boat on Allison’s rise to Internet infamy, and I was content with that. But then, last week, I saw this:


Jake & Julia: Monday evening communication breakdown from Julia Allison on Vimeo.
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MobileTechRoundup 91: do you archive magazines in the bathroom?

Motr_coverCLICK HERE to download the file and listen directly.
MoTR 91 is 31:20 minutes long and is a 28.7 MB file in MP3 format.
INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

Windows Mobile 6 was the talk of the town last week.
The T-Mobile Dash is spotted with the new OS already!
Digital music: rent vs. buy a license.
Activation issues abound for Matt.
Win one of 50 Zunes by making MSN your home page.
Bonus contest: win an i-mate JAQ3 from Matt!
Hear which 3GSM devices announced were our faves.
WinMo6 handhelds doubling as Windows Vista Sideshow devices? Love it! 🙂
Opera getting pre-installed on Windows Mobile 6 devices?
What about Nokia at 3GSM? Matt gives a rundown.
While most of the world keeps information on the WikiPedia, James keeps his in the bathroom….
Freeware of the show: Windows Live for Windows Mobile

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