Google-Blogger Fairness Doctrine
This is a short update and notice. I am still wrestling with jetlag and adjusting to winter clothes.
On Saturday Google-Blogger lifted the restriction. Obviously there was nothing on my site deserving the restriction placed with no advance notice.
As most of you already know I am not technologically savvy, so help me out here:
Supposedly these kinds of restrictions are inflicted by ‘Blogger’ due to either ‘spam reporting’ and or ‘flagging,’ and it is all automated and done indiscriminately when they receive spam reports and or when the site is flagged by a certain number of visitors. This means a group of people, or organizations, or governments can simply go to sites they don’t like and click the ‘flag’ option enough times to get you suspended, and stop you from disseminating information/news for a few days. As simple as that.
Here is what I want to know: Once Blogger reviews the sites and clears it, couldn’t they suspend the access of those malicious spammer/flaggers? Wouldn’t it be easy to do this? Just check the IP addresses that visited and wrongfully flagged the target site, issue a report to the site operator (so that someone like me would know whether it was gov.tr, gov.us, or whoever that inflicted the ‘site blocking.’ That in itself would be very telling; don’t you think so?), then, go and block those particular IP addresses’ access to Google and Google-related sites.
I know many of you are going to say: This is what you get with Blogger, and this is why you should move to your own site…I don’t disagree with you. I am certainly going to do that. I backed up everything, and will continue to do so. I am also transferring the content to a ‘wordpress’ site to act as a mirror/back up site temporarily while I am traveling. Once I am back, I will have a hosted site and will put in place needed functions to prevent (as much as I can) this kind of incident…
But let’s go back to Google-Blogger again. This whole issue has become important to me, regardless of what I’m going to do for the future of this blog. Google is a giant corporation. They have tons of money, and all the technology and expertise. I want to have a report on the IP addresses of ‘attackers.’ I want to know who these people/entities are and where they came from. I believe that knowing the timing of ‘their’ attack, many of you would be very interested to find out who didn’t want you to know .
Don’t you think what I’m asking for is fair? As for Google-Blogger: it is easy for them to do and doing this may act as a deterrent for malicious attacks; and it will be good PR for them, and …
I would like to have your take and opinion on this. With enough people demanding we may make it happen. So why not? It may be an interesting and worth-while collective campaign.
Please bookmark http://www.123realchange.wordpress.com/ in case Google blogger decides to block me again.
I am planning to post my next Boiling Frogs interview on Thursday, thanks to the lovely Internet Cafes with awesome extra strong latte offerings here! I’m certain you are going to enjoy ‘Phil Giraldi unplugged.’
Before I forget, I want to thank you all for all your support, backing, and kind words during the roller-coaster sworn deposition journey. I am very grateful to all of you who put out the word via ‘twitter’ and your blog sites. Speaking of ‘twitter’: Nice to have all of you – my new twitter friends!