I really think it’s important that we don’t sit on our keyboards in these early skirmishes for the Internet for the obvious reason that if we show our strength early on it will make those who want to censor or govern the Internet think twice before beginning their assault. In that vein, bloggers on both sides of the political spectrum have joined together to petition FEC chairman Scott Thomas to clarify the protection given to bloggers under the media exemption rule. Whatever your feeling on the journalist/blogger debate, the potential that recent rulings have to curtail freedoms we now enjoy is real, and we need to resist as hard as we can. Here’s a piece of the petition:
In order to ensure that there are sufficient measures taken, we also request that the FEC promulgate a rule exempting unpaid political activity on the Internet from regulation, thereby guaranteeing every American’s right to speak freely and participate in our democratic process.