self regulation

The BBC carries a story with a suggestion from the director of the Press Complaints Commission, Tim Toulmin. The story says he suggests that we need a voluntary code of conduct as bloggers otherwise those we offend will have no form of redress.

I have to admit I’m a bit sceptical. I certainly don’t think there should be a free-for-all and I think that some blogs go way over the line between fair comment and personal abuse. But as the BBC point out:

A recent survey by blog tracking firm Technorati suggested that every day 100,000 new blogs are created and 1.3 million things posted.

How can any regulator cover that much ground.  The other bit of the equation is that almost no one makes any money out of blogging, so how would regulation be paid for?

(via Mars Hill)

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to self regulation

  1. Disiillusioned says:

    Join the voluntary code free zone by adding the badge to your website. You can find it here . Please pass it on.

  2. Pingback: Draft Code of Conduct « Someday I Will Treat You Good

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