“We believe blogs have helped enable an open exchange of information that has never before been possible” (Creemos que los blogs han ayudado a promover el intercambio libre de información como jamás antes había sido posible) – Extracto de la introducción del anuncio de Bloglines.

We, the bloggers

Bloglines ha iniciado una campaña para que los bloggers estadounidenses puedan acogerse a las secciones 100.73 y 100.132 que regulan la libertad de prensa en ese país, permitiendo de este modo su actividad como periodismo ciudadano sin tener que pasar por registros o pago de cuotas. Por ese motivo ha remitido una carta al comité de turno y hecho un llamamiento a toda la blogosfera para que se opine sobre el asunto. Todo esto a cuento de la Regulación del Debate Político en Internet puesta en marcha por el Gobierno de Bush (PDF en inglés):

“Chairman Ney and Members of the Committee:

On behalf of Bloglines and our users, I am pleased to provide the following statement concerning regulation of political speech on the Internet. Bloglines, founded in 2003, is a free online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content. The company is a property of Ask Jeeves, Inc., a wholly-owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp, and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We believe it’s critical for us to speak out on behalf of individual bloggers who, while empowered by the Internet, have a limited capacity to carry messages to Congress. We commend you and the Committee for convening this hearing and focusing needed attention on this issue.

We urge Congress and the FEC to ensure that the Internet, particularly blog activity, remains free from campaign finance regulation. While regulation of campaign financing plays an important role in maintaining public confidence in our political system, we believe the significant public policy interests in encouraging the Internet as a forum for free or low-cost speech and open information exchange should stand paramount.

Linking to campaign websites, quoting from or republishing campaign materials and even providing a link for donations to a candidate, if done without compensation, should not result in a blog being deemed to have made a contribution to a campaign or trigger reporting requirements.

Blogs permit the expression of and access to a diversity of political opinions and other information on a scale never before seen. This speech must remain free and not be discouraged by burdensome regulation. As such, it should be explicit that the activities of bloggers are covered by the press exemption of Sections 100.73 and 100.132.

Should the FEC fail to provide this critical protection to Internet activity, or if courts determine the Commission lacks statutory authority, we urge Congress to promptly move legislation to achieve the goal. Thank you for this opportunity to share our comments on this important issue”.

Este tipo de cuestiones que, en principio, nos parecen un tanto lejanas, son importantes porque de su resolución dependerá el modelo de Internet que tengamos en el futuro. El mundo es hoy un gran tubo de ensayo donde libertad y poder libran una lucha más o menos soterrada ante la que los bloggers no podemos permanecer impasibles, porque en ella somos arte y parte.

Otras campañas, por ejemplo, nos cogen mucho más de cerca y para apoyarlas basta con una firma: ¡La retención de datos no es la solución!

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