November 5, 2008

Journalists and bloggers could get equal legal protection

Filed under: General by Orangemaster @ 10:07 am
Journalism vs blogging

Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch-Ballin has submitted a bill to the Dutch Lower House so that journalists obtain the legal right not to reveal their sources. The interesting part is that anyone who publishes for a broader audience will be protected under this law – including bloggers. The bill is designed to put an end to the situation where journalists are jailed for not revealing their sources.

Back in 2006, two journalists from Dutch daily De Telegraaf were imprisoned for not revealing the source who told them about state secrets of the AIVD (General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands) because they revealed information about a top criminal who was their source.

However, having a broad definition of who exactly is a journalist is quite practical. “European jurisprudence shows that protecting one’s source is not just for professional reporters, but also for amateurs and bloggers who can claim to be protecting a source.”

The photo about was taken during the Blog08 event in Amsterdam when a panel of well-known European journalists debated the journalism vs. blogging question. They were not very fond of bloggers as a primary source, although now it seems the law might actually provide bloggers with more leverage in the future.


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October 26, 2008

Blog08: ‘Build something you love’

Filed under: General,Online by Orangemaster @ 1:40 pm
Gabe Mac and Pete Cashmore

Just like a real rock show, there was a spontaneous afterparty at Blog08 which consisted of a bunch of speakers and attendees taking a ferry boat to Amsterdam North and knocking back some bottled Heineken out of crates in a bunker. Here you have Pete Cashmore of Mashable (I said he was American, but he’s Scottish) being vlogged by Gabe Mac of in the perfect grunge setting.

I had a great time, met tons of people from the Netherlands, England, Estonia, Slovenia and what have you and have enough tips to keep me and 24oranges busy for a while (see photo below). I very much enjoyed the casually dressed atmosphere and my first time using a Twitter back channel (constantly updated micro-blogging comments on screen), which was a real source of ‘infotainment’.

Blog08, the one-day extravagaza dedicated to blogging, vlogging and the blogosphere organised by Einstein generation hopefuls Ernst-Jan Pfauth and his mate Edial Dekker was a success that needs an encore in 2009.

Check out more photos here on Flickr.

Rocking blog

(Photos: Natasha)

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October 7, 2008

Blogging and vlogging rocks at Blog08

Filed under: Dutch first,General,Online by Orangemaster @ 9:07 am

For the first time on October 24 Amsterdam will play host to a one-day extravagaza dedicated to blogging, vlogging and all things blogosphere called Blog08. Young Dutch blogger and rocker Ernst-Jan Pfauth and his curly blonde counterpart Edial Dekker have put together an impressive programme of speakers, including American Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, local serial entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and the only woman so far, Clo Willaerts from Sanoma Magazines Belgium.

I also talked to Ernst-Jan and Edial about the Dutch Bloggies, the prize for Dutch blogs and what they feel constitutes a Dutch blog: the language of the blog, the domain suffix or the nationality of the blogger. They said ‘nationality’, which would make this blog run on co-blogger Branko Collin’s Dutch passport when we will attempt to get nominated for an award (hint hint).

I really like the idea of a guitar pick as a trinket!

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