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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a webpage on Cyber-Liberties and a special page on the International Cybercrime treaty.
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
APC advocates for and facilitate the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by civil society in a variety of ways, advocacy, awareness building, network development etc.
Benton Foundation
The Benton Foundation seeks to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems.
Bytes for All
Some of the most relevant software/Internet/computer/IT ventures in South Asia, ironically, fail to get the attention they merit. Bytes for all is an attempt to swim against the tide. Through a website and an e-mail based mailing list, bytes for all hopes to update readers about interesting ventures.
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.
Centre for Communications and Development Studies (CCDS)
The Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS) is a registered public trust working in development communications and research. It aims to inform, inspire and initiate change. InfoChange News & Features are disseminated through the daily development news channel, . This one-stop website on India's social sector provides daily uploads on important development stories, the background and context for development issues in India, features, profiles, interviews, analyses, and dozens of stories of change from the grassroots.
Centre for the International Study of Cyberethics and Human Rights (CISCHR)
CISCHR is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Presteigne, the ancient Border town in the Welsh Marches, dedicated to promoting the international study of cyberethics, through quality research, teaching, publication and advocacy. More specifically, the Centre has been established to encourage informed public debate on human rights issues that relate to the actual or potential misuse of information technologies.
Civil Society Internet Forum
The Civil Society Internet Forum, launched in July 2000, seeks to promote the self-organisation of some 158,000 anonymous individuals who currently make up the at-large membership of ICANN.
Civnet is a website of Civitas International for civic education practitioners (teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers), as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting civic education all over the world.
Communication Initiative
The Communication Initiative is a knowledge network in English and Spanish with contributions from people from around the world. It is accessed each month by 75'000 individual users with a 5-10% grow each month. It also publishes the e-magazine "drumbeat", which has 16'000 subscribers, 65% of them from developing countries.
Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS)
Communications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) is a campaign to ensure that communication rights are central to the information society and to the World Summit on the Information Society. The campaign is sponsored and supported by the Platform for Communication Rights , a group of NGOs involved in media and communication projects around the world. Recently WACC (see below) has published a series of articles on CRIS. This document can be downloaded here
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
Computer Professionals for social responsibility (CPSR) is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society.
Digital Freedom Network (DFN)
The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) promotes human rights education and activism around the world, primarily through the use of Internet technology. Serving an audience that ranges from human rights activists to those who are less informed, DFN publishes original human rights news articles, conducts online conversations with prominent activists and experts, encourages networking among likeminded organizations, and provides tools and information to assist activists. In 2003, DFN launched a monthly coversation series on human rights and Internet technology, as well as Human Rights Connection , a web-based resource for human rights activists that was developed with partner organizations. On 16 April 2003, DFN held a "food for thought" conversation at its offices in NY city, focused on the role of NGOs working in the field of human rights and development in the WSIS-process.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was created to defend our rights to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web. EFF is the first to identify threats to our basic rights online and to advocate on behalf of free expression in the digital age.
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
European Digital Rights (EDRi)
European Digital Rights is a European association of privacy and civil rights groups. Since its foundation in June 2002, EDRi is made up out of 10 privacy and civil rights organizations from 7 different countries in the European Union. Members of EDRi have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society.
Free Software Foundation (FSF)
FSF's mission to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users.
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe)
FSF Europe is dedicated to all aspects of Free Software in Europe. Creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the European financially, legally and personally independent sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in Boston, MA, USA.
Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC)
The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) is the leading forum for fighting online censorship and invasions of privacy.
Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI)
The Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI) supports adoption in developing countries of the legal and policy framework for an open and democratic Internet. The project works with local stakeholders in consultative, coalition-based efforts to promote the principles of a decentralized, accessible, user-controlled, and market-driven Internet. Operating in nearly a dozen countries, GIPI serves as a resource to local stakeholders in the Internet policy development process.
Independent Media Center
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
Indigenous Media Network (IMN)
The Indigenous Media Network was established to bring together indigenous journalists from all parts of the world, to make their voices heard and to unite them in their common struggles.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
ICDRI’s mission is to collect a global knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.Its overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the non-profit corporation that was formed to assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions previously performed under U.S. Government contract by IANA and other entities.
Internet Free Expression Alliance (IFEA)
The Internet Free Expression Alliance (IFEA) is a coalition of America’s civil society groups concerned by free expression.
Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 150 organizational and 6,000 individual members in over 100 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
Markle Foundation
Emerging communications media and information technology create unprecedented opportunity to improve people's lives. The Markle Foundation works to realize this potential and promotes the development of communications industries that address public needs. is a nonprofit, public interest Web site dedicated to global media issues. MediaChannel offers news, reports and commentary from our international network of media-issues organizations and publications, as well as original features from contributors and staff. Resources include thematic special reports, action toolkits, forums for discussion, an index directory of hundreds of affiliated groups and a search engine constituting the single largest online media-issues database.
Privacy International (PI)
Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations. PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. PI has conducted campaigns throughout the world on issues ranging from wiretapping and national security activities, to ID cards, video surveillance, data matching, police information systems, and medical privacy.
World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
CIVICUS is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.
World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)
WACC's main objectibes are a) to promote democratic forms of communication which encourage dialogue and debate, enhance people’s creativity and solidarity, and respond to people’s needs b) to contribute towards building a communications environment that is open to all and founded on respect for human dignity, c) to support processes that lead to the democratisation of the mass media including advocacy, reflection, policy development, and networking and d) to implement communication programmes and to support projects that lead to the empowerment of people, especially the dispossessed and marginalised, indigenous peoples, refugees, migrants, women, children and people with disabilities. WACC has recently published a document on the Campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS). The document can be can be downloaded here .
World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
The mission of the World Federation of United Nations Associations is to inform, sustain and energize a global network of United Nations Associations to support the principles and programs of the United Nations and to help shape its agenda.
World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN)
The World Forum on Community Networking is an international NGO created in March 2001 by Canadian community networks. The head-office of WFCN is in Montreal. Its first task was to organize the Third Global Congress on Community Networking in the Digital Era (GlobalCN 2002). In 2003, the WFCN entered a new phase in which it will strengthen its role as a crossroads at the national and international level. It will also pursue the development of the contents and the technical aspects of the Platform for Community Networks. Communication rights and the World Summit on the Information Society are some of the issues on which the WFCN will focus its work. The WFCN has created a collaborative and trilingual portal, the Platform for Community Networks
World Summit Award (WSA)
The World Summit Award (WSA) is a global initiative for selecting and promoting world's best in e-Content and Creativity. It aims not only to promote the benefits of a new Information Society for all, but in particular to raise public awareness for the high quality e-content, produced all over the world. WSA has a similar initiative geared towards the youth, the World Summit Youth Award is a joint venture of the World Summit Award and the WSIS Youth Caucus.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.



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