& the GII
This page considers cyberliberties and other advocacy
Notions of a global 'internet bill of rights' are discussed
in the final page of this guide.
The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC)
is a coalition of over 50 cyberliberties groups from around
The Internet Democracy Project (IDP)
was established in June 00 by the Electronic Privacy Information
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
and the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
goals are to encourage participation by non-governmental
organizations in internet governance and promote the principles
of a civil society.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
is one of the more influential groups.
Others with an interest in governance include the somewhat
shrill Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF),
its UK counterpart the Open Rights Group (ORG)
and Electronic Freedom Australia (EFA),
the UK Campaign for Digital Rights (CDR),
Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR),
the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII),
European Digital Rights (EDRI),
Digital Rights Ireland (DRI)
and Online Rights Canada (ORC).
Closer to home the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA)
is interested in intellectual property policy questions.
The EU-based Alliance For A Digital Future (ADF)
is a public-interest coalition concerned with the major
European copyright reforms and other digital legislation.
The Internet Society (ISOC)
is a professional society with more than 150 organizational
and around 12,000 individual members in over 100 countries. It
is a forum for discussion about encryption, domain naming,
copyright and other issues in future development of the
Internet. The membership distribution as of October 2002
is 35% North America, 33% Europe, 17% Asia-Pacific and
15% Africa and Latin America.
The 1999 paper
by Raymund Werle & Volker Leib on The Internet
Society and its Struggle for Recognition and Influence
offers an introduction; perspectives are provided by Private
Organisations in Global Politics (London: Routledge
2000) edited by Karsten Ronit & Volker Schneider and
Pressure Groups in the Global System: The Transnational
Relations of Issue-Orientated Non-Governmental Organisations
(New York: St Martin's 1982) edited by Peter Willetts.
ISOC also provides a home for groups responsible for Internet
infrastructure standards, including the IETF and the IAB.
ISOC's Australian chapter, ISOC-AU,
has around 300 members and has arguably aligned itself
more closely with - or simply been more co-opted by -
the Federal government than other industry bodies.
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