Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
Here's the EFF's mission, in the organization's own words:
From the beginning, EFF has worked to shape our nation's communications infrastructure and the policies that govern it in order to maintain and enhance First Amendment, privacy and other democratic values. We believe that our overriding public goal must be the creation of Electronic Democracy, so our work focuses on the establishment of: o new laws that protect citizens' basic Constitutional rights as they use new communications technologies, o a policy of common carriage requirements for all network providers so that all speech, no matter how controversial, will be carried without discrimination, o a National Public Network where voice, data and video services are accessible to all citizens on an equitable and affordable basis, and o a diversity of communities that enable all citizens to have a voice in the information age.EFF supports legal and legislative action to protect the civil liberties of online users and hosts, and participates in related conferences and projects. It works to educate the online community about its legal rights and responsibilities. It also publishes the Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet, an online guide to navigating the Internet.
EFF members receive online bulletins about the critical issues and debates affecting computer-mediated communications; members also participate in online political activism.
For information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of great information from the EFF is available via FTP from ftp.eff.org.
A. To facilitate and support the technical evolution of the Internet as a research and education infrastructure, and to stimulate the involvement of the scientific community, industry, government and others in the evolution of the Internet; B. To educate the scientific community, industry and the public at large concerning the technology, use and application of the Internet; C. To promote educational applications of Internet technology for the benefit of government, colleges and universities, industry, and the public at large; D. To provide a forum for exploration of new Internet applications, and to stimulate collaboration among organizations in their operational use of the global Internet.More information about the Internet Society is available via anonymous FTP from the following:
For information, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Info is also available via FTP.
ftp.eff.org:/pub/Groups/CCN world.std.com, ftp/amo/civicnetor you can pick up the phone and call (202) 362-3831.
Founded in 1981 by a group of computer scientists concerned about the use of computers in nuclear weapons systems, CPSR has grown into a national public-interest alliance of information technology professionals and others. CPSR has 22 chapters in the U.S. and affiliations with similar groups worldwide. CPSR is based in Palo Alto, California and maintains an office in Washington, D.C., which is home to our Civil Liberties and Computing program.
CPSR membership is open to everyone who uses or is concerned about the role of information technology in our society. For information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get CSPR information via FTP from ftp.cpsr.org or via Gopher from gopher.cpsr.org.
For information, FTP to
ftp.eff.org:/pub/Groups/NPTN-Freenet/login.infoFor more information, send e-mail to email@example.com (where your mail will be read by a human, so ask nicely.)
Note: Check out "Outposts on the Electronic Frontier," a great online resource listing dozens of international, national, and regional organizations supporting the online community. This list is available via FTP from rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet/news.answers/net-community/orgs-list It's also available via e-mail: To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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