Activism: Cyber Rights and Online Civil Liberties
Ban Spam and
"Information is the currency of democracy."
-- Thomas Jefferson
ACLU's Cyber Liberties Page
- "Cyberspace must be free!"
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
- a non-profit public interest organization based in Washington
with a mission to develop and advocate public policies that advance
constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in new computer
and communications technologies.
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
- Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections
that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
- An excellent (IMO) non-profit, public interest organization
originally concerned with the ethics and effects of computers
on society, with an increasing focus on aspects of cyberlaw
and electronic civil liberties. See also:
Computers and Academic Freedom (CAF)
- Addresses questions surrounding the role of computers and
networking at academic institutions, including such issues as
should universities ban materials (e.g., from netnews facilities,
email, libraries and student publications)
that some find offensive. Be sure to check out their
- publishes documents that are prohibited by
governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of
expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national
security and intelligence -- open, secret and classified documents --
but not limited to those.
- "Security for Human Rights & Human Rights for Cryptographers."
- A CPSR working group
promoting a Declaration of Rights in Cyberspace and the
survival of democracy in the Information Age.
- See also their
list of interesting Web Sites
- See also:
Our local cypherpunk page
Digital Future Coalition
- Act now to oppose the many extraneous provisions of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
- A non-profit civil liberties public interest organization working
to protect freedom of expression, privacy, and
access to online resources and information.
- Some highlight of their excellent site:
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
- A public interest research center established in 1994
to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues
and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
An International Survey of Encryption Policy
Encryption Policy Resource Page
- Encryption technology is the key to the future of the information
revolution. It allows businesses and individuals to communicate
securely over any inexpensive communication platform without fear of
The Free Software Foundation (FSF)
- Creators and supporters of the
GNU/Linux resource page (by CoMedia)
- The various free Linux and *BSD operating system software
distributions allow you to get the most out of your hardware
while not contributing to (and becoming a slave to) the large
software monopoly, Microsoft.
- Not necessarily free, but the source code is available which
still enables better/easier integration than closed source (e.g.,
Approved Open Source licenses
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
- by Eric Raymond
The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC)
- An international survey of privacy laws and practice
- a collaborative effort to keep an eye on the activities of ICANN,
perhaps the most powerful force on the Internet
League for Programming Freedom (LPF)
Internet Patent News Service
- a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting effective
grassroots citizen action campaigns by creating coalitions that
link online activists with grassroots organizations, providing
training in effective Internet organizing and advocacy, and
educating the public, policymakers and the media about
technology-based social and political issues.
NetAction Internet Resources
The Virtual Activist - A Training Course
- the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee