Sunday, April 10, 2005


I notice in yesterday's Guardian an article reporting that residents of a village in Wiltshire are seeking an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against a man's website which is a spoof of the villages 'official' site.

I'm not sure if this might be the first time that people have sought an ASBO against online activity, and it's hard to draw from a hard case (the guy at issue, it seems, is the local troublemaker and it does indirectly involve a village's online space, after all). Nevertheless the issue does suggest some important implications for blogging. Is it possible that ASBOs could be levied against us for being our contrarian selves. If an obnoxious blogger repeatedly targetted an individual or corporation could these powers be used against them?

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