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The IOC okays blogs for Beijing Olympics
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 15, 2008

Whether or not bloggers will be able to actually get their blogs on line, however, is really up to the Chinese, isn't it?
The International Olympic Committee on Friday gave the green light to allow blogging at the Olympics for the first time, issuing guidelines for this August's Beijing Games.

Athletes have long demanded they be allowed to write their blogs — on-line journals of personal opinion or reflection — during the Games but the IOC was concerned these could potentially infringe on copyright agreements and private information.

In a series of guidelines, the IOC said blogging would be allowed during the Beijing 2008 Olympics as long as individuals writing the journals keep within the IOC format.
And you thought the Army had a lot of rules about blogging. Oh, and it was also nice to see the IOC conveniently decide to define blogging as something other than journalism:
"The IOC considers blogging... as a legitimate form of personal expression and not a form of journalism," the IOC said.

"It is required that, when accredited persons at the Games post any Olympic content, it be confined solely to their own personal Olympic-related experience," it said.
Always nice when the IOC declares your right to free expression "legitimate" eh? Of course you're free to express whatever you like as long as it conforms to the IOC's guidelines. And you thought the Chinese would be a problem.
The phenomenal rise of blogs and their growing sphere of influence beyond the small group they were initially intended for had alarmed the IOC, especially ahead of the Beijing Games, which have been under fire due to China's human rights record and its crackdown on on-line dissidents.

Technology has made it easier and faster to blog with on-line athletes' personal diaries on the rise during the last two Games, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2006 Turin Winter Games. All those blogs were not officially approved by the IOC at the time.
And yet, even without offical approval, they were published, weren't they? It is amusing to watch these controlling organizations finally admit they can't control something all the while issuing guidelines that will be ignored and permissions that are irrelevant.

Fun stuff.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Whether or not bloggers will be able to actually get their blogs on line, however, is really up to the Chinese, isn’t it?
I was going to post exactly how, but it’s irrelevant (and potentially risky to post), however, countries participating in the Olympics do have a simple way to completely bypass China’s heavily momnitored and filter internet connectivity.

Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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The reason the Olympics want to put out rules related to blogging is they do want control. You are right they can’t prevent it - but if you blog in 2008 and don’t follow their ’rules’ then by their logic they can punish you in the field of sport. You know - limit your participation or strip your medals or handicap your participation whatever... remember its not about sport its a business - just ask Mr. Romney.
Written By: BIllS
"their growing sphere of influence beyond the small group they were initially intended"
Intended? Who intended ANYTHING about blogs?

The IOC is one of the all-time leaders in self-serving control of their domain. They could trade leadership with the UN (and several other international governing bodies) and you wouldn’t notice a difference. That’s not a compliment.

Written By: Grimshaw
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I only hope bloggers speak the truth in Beijing and not just repeat the incessant indoctrination that has filled the western media of late.
Written By: Paula in Beijing

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