Archive for the ‘milblogs’ Category

New York Times on Milblogs

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

James Dao of the New York Times has a good article about milblogging, and how milblogs have moved mainstream.

[T]he Pentagon, which once tried to control or even shut down bloggers, has now joined the social media craze. Generals blog, the armed services all have Twitter accounts, and scores of company and battalion commanders maintain Facebook pages.

What once had the hint of sassy independence or even underground rebellion has gone mainstream.

Peter Colwell: If You Are Reading This, You Are Engaged and Aware

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Peter Colwell has written a note in the William Mitchell Law Review titled “If You Are Reading This, You Are Engaged and Aware”: Serving the Diversity of Interests in Blogs Written by Service Members.

Here is an excerpt:

The current regulatory regime governing blogs written by members of the military comes from official policy memoranda, Army Regulation 530-1, Operations Security (OPSEC), and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) articles. This regime fails to provide clear guidance to service members on what is required of them as bloggers, exactly what material they may publish on their blogs, and what the process is for review of blogs. The result is a perception of arbitrary punishment and a potential threat of “chilling” blogging by service members. Further, the regulatory scheme is centered on security considerations and fails to balance or adequately consider the other interests in blogs written by service members in combat zones.

This Note proposes that congressional legislation is necessary to regulate blogs written by members of the armed forces in combat zones. This legislation should weigh the concerns for operational and national security as well as the interests of service member authors, the military, the public, and the literary and journalist community to which these blogs contribute. Congress should enact a statute that creates a committee of civilian journalists and military officials to conduct reviews of blogs and only allow blog removal by vote. The journalists would have insight into journalistic concerns and ethics as well as the journalistic value of a particular blog, while the military representatives would be able to halt publication of blogs that present genuine security risks. The statute should establish concise guidelines, informed by First Amendment jurisprudence, for the review of the postings to curb the discretion of the committee, and it should require written reports on decisions to shut down a blog.

The cite is 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5249.

Chinese Soldiers’ Blogging Banned

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Chinese soldiers training by carrying logs

China's army has prohibited its soldiers from having blogs.
Logs, apparently, are still allowed.

The Associated Press reports that new orders handed down by the People’s Liberation Army ban blogging by soldiers.

(Ha’p: Media Law Prof Blog)