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Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016780

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016780.001.0001

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The Struggle for Digital Freedom of Speech

The Struggle for Digital Freedom of Speech

The Malaysian Sociopolitical Blogosphere’s Experience

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Vee Vian Thien

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016780.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the Malaysian government’s efforts to regulate the sociopolitical bloggers of the country. Measures proposed by the Malaysian government, including a Singapore-style registration scheme, a labeling regime, and an Internet filter scheme to regulate the political blogosphere, are discussed. The formation of the National Alliance of Bloggers (NAB) by the country’s core sociopolitical bloggers in 2007 condemning the labeling proposals is discussed, along with the formation of Bloggers for Malaysia, which was developed to replace NAB and focus only on the bloggers’ welfare. The roles of the Malaysian sociopolitical blogosphere, including working as government watchdogs and mobilizing general collective action, are explored. Abstract and concrete norms in the Malaysian sociopolitical blogosphere, including responsible blogging and topicality, are discussed.

Keywords:   sociopolitical bloggers, registration scheme, labeling regime, Internet filter scheme, Alliance of Bloggers, Bloggers for Malaysia

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