Nine outposts on the electronic frontier
A variety of organizations exist whose purpose is to improve online
communications and protect rights in the "information age." This list
is culled from the FAQ "Outposts on the Electronic Frontier" and is
used with permission from Stanton McCandlish (firstname.lastname@example.org) The
complete document is available via ftp at
rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet/news.answers/net-community/orgs-list and is
posted periodically to the newsgroups comp.org.eff.talk and
alt.internet.services. Feel free to contact any of the folks listed
below with your ideas and to learn more about how you can get
- Electronic Frontier Foundation.
A non-profit public interest membership organization, working to
protect individual rights in the emerging information age. EFF
supports legal and legislative action to protect the civil liberties
of online users; hosts and participates in related conferences and
projects, including Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet, and Computers
and Academic Freedom; and works to educate the online community about
its legal rights and responsibilities. EFF members receive online
bulletins about the critical issues and debates affecting
computer-mediated communications and participate in online political
activism. Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. For
information, send e-mail to email@example.com or gopher to gopher.eff.org.
- Americans Communicating Electronically (ACE).
ACE membership is diverse and represents private and government
organizations and individuals who wish to promote interactive
communications among federal, state, and local governments, private
businesses, public libraries, and schools, universities,
community-based arts and other organizations. The members of ACE are
particularly concerned that access and participation be made possible
and convenient for Americans who do not own modem equipped computers.
To support the development of interactive communications between
governments and communities, ACE is recommending that all government
agencies establish information access programs to help create and
foster an "interactive citizen-government communications system." Many
government agencies, from the White House to the NSF and the Dept. of
Labor, are already participating in the ACE project. ACE is a
government-sponsored project. For information, send e-mail to
- Center for Civic Networking.
The Center for Civic Networking is a non-profit organization, based in
Boston and Washington, D.C., that promotes broad public benefits of
the emerging national information infrastructure. The Center brings
together expertise in large-scale computer and network systems,
community-based applications of computing, non-profit management,
community development, architecture, public policy, and democratic
participation. The Center's programs focus on framing a national
vision for civic networking, developing a policy framework that
supports civic networking, developing and supporting model civic
networking projects, and assisting in the technology transfer needed
to achieve the broad-based benefits of civic networking. For
information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
CPSR is a national membership organization, based in Palo Alto,
California. CPSR conducts many activities to protect privacy and
civil liberties. Membership is open to the public and support is
welcome. CPSR maintains local chapters in several US cities. For more
information, send e-mail email@example.com.
- Consortium for School Networking.
Through computer networking, the Consortium will help educators and
students access information and communications resources that will
increase their productivity, professional competence, and
opportunities for learning and collaborative work. The Consortium
advocates the following goals: the timely deployment of the national
research and education network; the development and distribution of
network-based information resources for schools; the development of
the human resources needed to make full and efficient use of networks
through staff development programs, educational materials and
software; form a national leadership group for educational
telecommunications, to have a voice in shaping policy in this area;
provide access to information about the National Research and
Education Network (NREN) and other educational telecommunications
efforts; reach a large community of individuals involved in every
aspect of network technology and its application to K-12 education;
help advance the development of information resources and tools for
networking; foster collaborative opportunities to develop new
resources and services for educators. CoSN is a non-profit
organization. For information, gopher to digital.cosn.org.
- Corporation for Research and Educational Networking.
CREN advances the goals of institutions of higher education by
facilitating, catalyzing and leveraging contributions from the
worldwide higher education community directed toward building a global
computing and communications infrastructure that: supports access to
shared information services and resources; supports scholarly
collaboration and educational outreach; and contributes to enhanced
individual and institutional productivity. CREN provides e-mail
access to member institutions, and is also working on NII issues,
hoping to help ensure that such a future network provides for the
needs of the educational and research communities. Despite the name,
this is a non-profit organization. For information, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or gopher to info.cren.net.
- National Online Media Association.
NOMA is a trade association for bulletin board systems, Internet
service providers, and other online services and public networking
operations. NOMA, a relativly new organization, will act for the BBS
and online service industry on matters of national importance by
creating an industry presence in Washington, D.C. and other means;
assist its members at the state and local levels; educate the public
on the unique social, business and legal roles of BBS's and other
online services; establish appropriate industry standards and
guidelines; promote business development in the industry; and maintain
and provide access to resources and industry information for use by
the public and the industry. A forum on Delphi has been provided, as
well as the internet mailing list, which may be freely gated to BBS
networks. For more information, send e-mail to email@example.com.
- National Public Telecomputing Network.
The National Public Telecomputing Network exists to make free public
access to computerized communications and information services a
reality; to help people in cities throughout the U.S. and the world
to establish free, open access, community computer systems
("Free-Nets"); to link those systems together into a common network
similar to National Public Radio or PBS on TV; to help supplement what
the local systems are able to produce with high quality network-wide
services and features. NPTN is a nonprofit corporation. For
information, send a polite request to e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- OMB Watch.
OMB Watch is a nonprofit research, educational & advocacy organization
that monitors Executive Branch activities affecting nonprofit, public
interest & community groups. OMB (the White House Office of Management
& Budget) is our main focus as it oversees nearly all executive
branch functions. Our goal is to encourage broad public participation
in government decision-making to promote a more open & accountable
government. Our activities include technical assistance on budget,
regulatory accountability, government. secrecy, & general government
decision-making through publications, training sessions & direct links
to certain government data; community forums on the federal budget to
reorder priorities to domestic needs; support of public access to and
use of government information. Most activity conducted offline, so for
information, send your snail-mail address to email@example.com.
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