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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Work bloggers offered guidelines

"Bloggers, people who have their own websites where they share thoughts daily, have been urged to be anonymous if they write about their workplace.

The advice comes from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a US digital civil rights group, which has issued guidelines for safe blogging.

The EFF suggest bloggers should be safe if they avoid identifying details.

Recent cases of workers fired for what they said on their blogs have highlighted the risks for some.

The term 'doocing' was coined to describe being fired for one's website content after a US web designer was fired for her site in 2002.

'The point is that anyone can eventually find your blog if your real identity is tied to it in some way,' the EFF explains.

'And there may be consequences. Family members may be shocked or upset when they read your uncensored thoughts.

'A potential boss may think twice about hiring you. But these concerns shouldn't stop you from writing."
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