Join Our Live Chat! Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents

BlogGuide cover Update: The IRC chat was a great success, with three dozen participants from around the world (China, Malaysia, Tunisia, Bahrain, Japan, Germany, France and Canada, just to name a few…) The transcript is available here if you'd like to see what transpired. Coming out of the conversation are a new set of efforts to spread the Guide around the world – we'll be posting a link to a wiki page in the next couple of hours for people interested in helping us with this project.

Do you have questions about, criticisms of, or reactions to the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents? Global Voices will be hosting a live online chat to discuss the book on Tuesday September 27th at 11:00amNewYork /15:00GMT /18:00Cairo /23:00Beijing. Click here for full instructions about how to join the Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

Reporters Without Borders Internet director Julien Pain will be there to answer your questions and discuss your reactions to the handbook. We are inviting all of the contributors to join us. Their names will be added here as they confirm attendance. Right now they include:
Ethan Zuckerman, Global Voices Co-founder, How to Blog Anonymously
– Yan Sham-Shackleton, who blogs at Glutter, author of the chapter: “I kept my promise to those who died
– Markus Beckedahl of Netzpolitik, author of chapter: We promote civil and human rights.
more coming…

If you have questions or comments about the Handbook which you'd like Julien and the rest of us to think about (or start discussing) in advance, please share them in the comments section of this post.

NOTE: In case you're having trouble accessing the handbook from the link above, we are also hosting a copy. Click here to download the English (PDF).

How to Blog Anonymously (Chinese PDF)
How to Circumvent Censorship (Chinese PDF)


  • im in beijing….no luck downloading the handbook, using a mac? any thoughts?

  • […] Global Voices is hosting an IRC chat about the Guide on Tuesday, September 27th at 15:00 GMT (11:00 EDT) – I’ll be in channel along with editor Julien Pain, and we’re trying to round up a few other article authors to participate. Please join us in #globalvoices on – the announcement on Global Voices has more information, including instructions if you’re not a regular IRC user. […]

  • The guide can now be downloaded on Ethan’s blog :
    Thank you so much Ethan. I guess you’ll soon join on the chinese authorities’ black list…
    Anyone else interested in hosting our guide?

  • Ned

    Hi to Austin,
    I’m in China too. This sites home page has a link to the Handbook, but it’s on the RSF site, which seems to be blocked in China.
    In fact there is a link right on this page here which is connected to this site and the handbook can be downloaded, the English version anyway. Also two important parts translated into Chinese are available here too.
    Good luck!

  • We try to spread the .pdf of the handbook through peer to peer networks.
    It’s already on e-mule/e-donkey.

  • Julien,

    Just to raise two issues I discussed with Ethan (and wrote about in the IHT , link below):

    1- couldn’t al qaeda rename your book as a guide to terrorist communication?

    2- aren’t you alerting the authorities to the ways people are keeping things private on the net?


  • Dear All:

    I was delighted to participate in this chat, and have written a blog article about it.

    Many thanks from Deborah

  • Even though it is censored I published a link on my Blog

    the time to copy the guide on a Word format and publish it on the PLM’s website that is still accessible in Tunisia.

  • […] We had pretty good turnout for the IRC “press conference” we held on Global Voices for the launch of the RSF Guide for Bloggers and Cyberdissidents, with roughly three dozen people showing up. The folks who showed up may well be an object lesson in the challenges of using IRC as a format for discussion – no “offline” journalists joined us, though one tried very hard and failed… And we didn’t get the questions from users in repressive nations we’d hoped for. Again, choosing a technology for conversation that’s extremely geek friendly and newbie unfriendly is probably a bad call for maximizing participation… […]

  • […] Missed this way back in September but thought I should link to it now. […]

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