21 Apr 2006

Almost Anonymous Blogging

Anonymous said...
even emailing you the rally speeches will get ourselves into danger in S'pore.

the govet have an EYE in the email content too, and might scan the email content and sue us for sending you rally speeches etc.

Hi Anon, click on the image above and read the instructions, all you have to do is email me the website address that is hosting the video or podcast. If you are worried then better not. Or simply go to a cybercafe... Oh hold on, I just remembered, you have to give your IC so they can register you before they allow you access, or is that in China?

Best option, is to follow the instructions carefully on the powerpoint above.


Anonymous said...

who was that said that singaporeans are not afraid?

Anonymous said...

few videos:


clyde said...

I'm sure there is this somewhat underlying sense of fear and irrational paranoia by many Internet users which motivates their use of completely anonymous identities. I hold no blame against them and is in part caused by the atmosphere the PAP have built up so well over the decades. But I do believe a significant proportion of that fear is purely just paranoia.

Unless I see evidence, the notion of the govt having a supercomputer scanning every citizen's email remains a conspiracy theory. Even if it existed, how feasible is it to track every email AND follow up on it? A more probable scenario is if you have already caused a significant 'stir' amongst the public and under investigation. At the very worst, you may be persecuted as Martyn See has been, but not prosecuted. I doubt the legal credibility of email evidence in the court of law.

We tend to overstate our actions on the Internet as sticking out like a sore thumb to the PAP. In reality, we may find that our fear will cause a greater hinderance to our own progress towards free speech than the PAP ever could. So let us not blog with our tin-foil hats on...

Anonymous said...

hello, old man and son not in the good mood - it was reported they demanded for apologies from chinese agencies tonight.

Yawning Bread said...

"even emailing you the rally speeches will get ourselves into danger in S'pore."

Please, please, don't frighten yourselves. This is not true. The law says, and Balaji did mention in Parliament, that only websites that have been required by MDA to register, come under the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA), which forbids partisan content.

I don't think Singaporebloodypore has been required to register, and soci has said he will not even if asked to. Therefore this website CAN CARRY partisan stuff, such as videos of election rallies.

The government has also said that email is considered private communication. It is outside the scope of the PEA. So if you send a video to this webmaster, you are NOT breaking the law, since the law doesn't apply to email.

Anonymous said...

You mean even if it carries partisan stuff, it is not breaking the law if one were to read or listen or send within this website?

Yawning Bread said...

That's exactly what I mean.

The Parliamentary Elections Act defines a "relevant person" as someone (other than a political party or candidate) who operates a website that is required by the MDA to register. And then it says that "relevant persons" cannot carry partisan messages. Since singabloodypore is not registered, it isn't a "relevant" person". Thus outside the scope of the Act.

Secondly, regarding emails, if you refer to Straits Times 15 April, it carried a word-for-word reply by MICA minister Lee Boon Yang to the Straits Times' queries. One of the queries was

"Can .... individuals send mass e-mail/SMS with pictures or videos of election rallies?"

The minister's reply was:

"As for individual SMSes and e-mails, we consider these as private communication and they will remain the private domain of individuals. I agree that some people may hide behind this facade of private communication and use e-mails, or a chain-mail system to conduct election advertising. But they should bear in mind that other laws also apply to e-mail
communication. These include libel. One should not hastily dash off e-mails in the heat of the moment and live to regret a rash act later. So think first, and then write knowing fully the consequences of such comments."

This means, be careful, don't accuse people of corruption or wrongdoing without evidence ("libel"), don't stir up racial and religious hatred (Sedition Act)... otherwise go ahead.

NagyGa1 said...

Or if you afraid, just use this software for anonymous web:


This is the same software that is even secure in mainland China.

Then you can set up a mail account on gmail.com and no one can link you to that account.

Anonymous said...

thanks for yr replies.

lee hsien tau said...

In spite of which, have you noticed the number of nomally bosterious bloggers that did squat for the 9 days in the run-up to the last election.

It was like self-imposed curfew. All bark and no bite. Not inspiring at all.