Only nice links allowed

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The London Olympic committee says you can only link to their site fi you same nice things about them:

James Losey from New America Foundation sez,

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, who has estimated how long it would take to read every privacy policy you encounter highlights an interesting bit from the “Linking Policy” in the Terms of Use for the London 2012 website:

“a. Links to the Site. You may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner.”

Cory Doctorow then goes on to publish an abusive missive with gratuitous links…yeah baby…let’s see the LOCOG stop him…or me:

Hey LOCOG…I reckon the Olympics are a crock…all this talk about being drug free is bullshit…they just haven’t been caught yet. I want to see the Steroid Olympics where we get all kinds of freaks running and racing and throwing just to see what limits the human body can be pushed to…now that would be sport. We have the Special Olympics and the Winter Olympics so why not the Steroid Olympics.

Oh and since you only “allow” text links…here is an image link. It took 22 years for Ben Johnson’s time at the Seoul Olympics to be beaten by Nesta Carter.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.