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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
  Another Planet Heard From
A few people have mentioned that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is talking about imposing restrictions on blogs. Would some kind soul explain to these people that their concept is definitely flawed for some very practical reasons.

The Board of Supervisors is limited to the geographic boundaries of the city. They have no power outside of those boundaries and extremely limited power over speech within those boundaries. They can pass all of the rules they want, but unless they can prove that the blogging takes place within the confines of San Francisco, as opposed to everywhere else, anything they do is worthless.

Many, possibly most, bloggers are anonymous, so there is no real, legal proof as to who they are or where they live. Even if you establish that the individual lives in San Francisco, how do you establish where the blogging is done? With wireless "hot spots" all over that is nearly impossible.

The whole idea is simply foolish and displays the basic ignorance of people regarding blogging and the 'Net. These people, like most public officials, think they can fix every perceived problem with another law because that's the only "tool" they have.


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