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Online Activism Organizations List 5.00

Outposts on the Electronic Frontier - International, National, Regional &
Local Groups Supporting the Online Community  

An ACTION/EFF FAQ by Stanton McCandlish <>

Updated: 10/25/94

Archived at:, /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/activ_groups.faq

See also /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/activ_resource.faq, the Online Activism
Resources List.



   [Misc states]
   [Misc areas]

Recent Changes

5.00 - added national & regional sections for Spain, included APEDANICA &



  CAUSE is the association for managing and using information technology
  in higher education. An international nonprofit association, CAUSE is
  dedicated to enhancing the administration and delivery of higher
  education through the effective management and use of information
  technology. Informally organized in 1962, CAUSE today includes over 1,060
  campuses and 54 corporate members, worldwide.  CAUSE's scope encompasses
  the management and use of academic computing, library automation, and
  networking, as well as administration of the enterprise.  CAUSE strives
  to promote more effective planning, management, and evaluation of
  computing and information technologies in colleges and universities, and
  believes that, while information technology is an enabling force,
  people are the key to accomplishing our mission.  Goals: provide
  support for IT managers; inform IT decision-makers and users; educate
  and influence non-educational (incl. business and govt.) communications
  leaders.  CAUSE collaborates with various other organizations incl. the
  Assoc. of Research Libraries, CHEMA, NACUBO, ACUTA, etc., and
  participates in EDUCOM's Networking and Telecommunications Task Force.
  Participates in the Higher Education Information Resources Alliance (see
  their entry for more info) and the Coalition for Networked Information,
  with Assoc. of Research Libraries and EDUCOM.
  HEIRAlliance/CNI general:
  WWW: gopher://
  HEIRAlliance/CNI gopher:
  Snail: 4880 Pearl E. Circle
         Suite 302E
         Boulder CO 80301 USA
  Voice: +1 303 449 4430
  Fax:   +1 303 440 0461
* Institute for Global Communications (IGC)
  The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) provides computer
  networking tools for international communications and information
  exchange. The IGC Networks -- PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet and
  LaborNet -- comprise the world's only computer communications system
  dedicated solely to environmental preservation, peace, and human
  rights.  New technologies are helping these worldwide communities
  cooperate more effectively and efficiently. IGC, located in San
  Francisco, California, is a division of the Tides Foundation, a
  501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. By subscribing to any one of the IGC
  Networks, you have full access to the resources of any of the other IGC
  Networks.  IGC maintains a major program to develop low-cost access to
  computer networking from outside the United States, especially in
  non-industrialized areas.  This program is the Association of
  Progressive Communications (APC) which now includes low-cost computer
  networks in several countries.
  Basic info:,
  PeaceNet staff:
  ConflictNet staff: ?
  LaborNet staff: ?
  EcoNet staff: ?
  International Affiliates: 
   Argentina (Wamani/CCI network):
   Australia/Pac. Is./SE Asia (Pegasus network):
   Brasil/misc. S.Am. areas (AlterNex/IBASE network):
   Canada/Cuba (Web/Nirv Centre network):
   Ecuador (EcuaNex network):
   Nicaragua/Panama/misc Central Am. areas (Nicarao/CRIES network):
   Germany/Italy/Austria/Switzerland/Zagreb/Beograd (ComLink e.V.
   Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (GlasNet):
   S. Africa (SANGONet):
   Sweden/Scandinavia/Baltic/St. Petersburg area (NordNet):
   Uruguay/Paraguay (Chasque network):
   UK/Africa/misc. Asian & European areas (GREENET):
  Snail: 18 de Boom St.
         San Francisco CA 94107 USA
  Voice: +1 415 442 0220 (USA/etc.)      +1 416 596 0212 (Can./Cuba)
	 +54 1 35 6842 (Arg.)           +44 71 608 3040 (UK/etc.)
	 +61 7 257 1111 (Austral./etc.) +49 511 350 1573 (Ger./It./etc.)
	 +55 21 286 0348 (Braz./etc.)   +7 095 207 0704 (Rus./CIS)
	 +27 11 838 6943 (S.Af.)        +46 8 6000331 (Swe./etc.)
	 +593 2 528 716 (Ecu.)          +505 2 26 2 28 (Nic./etc.)
         +598 2 596 192 (Uru./Para.)
  Fax: +1 415 546 1794 (USA) - contact other offices for non US
                               fax numbers and mailing addresses.

* Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 
  See Internet Society

* Internet Society (ISoc) - Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  The Internet Society is the international organization for global
  cooperation and coordination for the Internet and its internetworking
  technologies and applications. Its members reflect the breadth of the
  entire Internet community and consist of individuals, corporations,
  non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Its principal purpose
  is to maintain and extend the development and availability of the
  Internet and its associated technologies and applications - both as an
  end in itself, and as a means of enabling organizations, professions, and
  individuals worldwide to more effectively collaborate, cooperate, and
  innovate in their respective fields and interests. The Internet Society
  is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in Washington DC USA.
  ISoc hosts the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a volunteer 
  group which works on Internet technical standards.
  Membership (individual): 
  Membership (organization):
  WWW: gopher://
  IETF general:
  IETF dicussion mailing list:
  IETF announcements mailing list:
  Snail: 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, suite 270
         Reston VA 22091 USA
  Voice:  +1 703 648 9888
           1 800 468 9507 (USA only)
  Fax:    +1 703 648 9887


* Association for Community Telematics (ACT)
  Founded in 1993 to help promote an enlightened democratic order in the
  emerging cyberspace. Telematics = telecommunications + informatics -
  the socio-technological aspects of computer communications and
  networking. In the information revolution underway in Australia,
  the grassroots level of the community is being overlooked.  The gap
  between the information rich and the information poor is growing wider,
  and the broader community has yet to gain direct access to these tools 
  of the information revolution.  There is a danger that the evolving
  information society will be more about social control than empowerment
  of the community.  ACT serves as a lobby for greater resources to develop
  community-based computer networks, to simplify the use of these networks,
  to provide better support for new users, and to encourage a wider range
  of people, including those with no previous experience with computers, to
  come online.  ACT exists to encourage all sectors, including government,
  the private sector, community groups, educational and research sectors,
  activist groups and trade unions, to develop a vision statement and a
  plan for Australia's transition to a more democratic and socially just
  information society.
  General: Geoff Holland <,>
  FTP:, /pub/Groups/ACT/
  Gopher:, 1/Groups/ACT
  Snail:  PO Box 683
          Bondi Jcn. NSW 2022 Australia 
  Voice: (02) 365 2251, International: +61 2 365 2251
* Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. (EFA)
  EFA is an association formed to define, promote and defend the
  freedoms of electronic network users. Incorporated in May 1994,
  membership is open to anyone who supports its aims, which are to:
  ensure that people have the same basic freedoms 'within' computer
  based communication systems as without; educate the community at
  large about computer based communication systems and their use;
  support, encourage and advise on the development and use of computer
  based communication systems, and related innovations; and research
  and advise on the law as applied to computer based communication
  systems and related technologies.  EFA has set-up a mailing list,
  a USENET newsgroup and Fidonet conference (all cross-gated) for
  discussion and organising of its activities.
           EFA at 3:632/552 (FidoNet)
              Brenda Aynsley at 3:620/243 (FidoNet)
  CompuServe: Michael Baker <100026,1321>
  Board of directors mailing list:
  Administration mailing list:
  Fidonet echo: EFA, avail. from 3:632/552
  Mailing list subscribe:, message body: "subscribe"
  FTP:, /pub/Groups/EF-Australia/
       [.au site to be announced soon]
  Gopher:, 1/Groups/EF-Australia
  MOO: EFA-MOO, telnet://
  Snail: Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc.
         PO Box 382
         North Adelaide SA 5006 Australia
  Voice: (08) 384 7316, International: +61 8 384 7316


* Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC)
  EFC was founded in Januaury 1994 "to ensre that the principles embodied
  in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are protected as new
  computing, communications, and information technologies emerge".  EFC
  was co-founded by Dr. Jeffrey Shallit of U. Waterloo and Dr. David Jones
  of McGill U.  EFC has established an announcements mailing list,
  efc-announce, and an open mailing list forum, efc-talk.
           Dr. Jeffrey Shallit <>
           Dr. David Jones <>
  Subscribe to mailing lists: <listname>,
                              message body: "subscribe" (see above for
  FTP:, /pub/efc
  Gopher:, 1/community/efc
  Voice: +1 519 888 4804, Dr. Shallit
         +1 905 525 9140 x24689, Dr. Jones
  Fax:   +1 519 885 1208, Dr. Shallit
	 +1 905 546 9995, Dr. Jones


* Associazione per la Liberta' nella Comunicazione Elettronica - EF-Italy
  Electronic Frontiers Italy - Associazione per la Liberta' nella
  Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva (Association for Freedom in
  Electronic Interactive Communications; ALCEI) - is an association of people
  dedicated to affirm and protect constitutional rights for "electronic
  citizens" as new communications technologies emerge. ALCEI is focused on
  the safeguarding of freedom of expression and personal privacy for any
  person using electronic communication systems for personal, social,
  cultural, or professional activities.  ALCEI was founded in Milan at the
  end of July 1994. ALCEI - EF Italy is a non-profit, non-partisan
  organization. Its activities are completely supported by
  membership and personal contributions; its board and other active members
  are volunteers and receive no compensation.
  Admin: Giancarlo Livraghi <>
  U.S. contact: Bernardo Parrella <>
  FTP:, /pub/Groups/EF-Italy/
  Gopher:, 1/Groups/EF-Italy
  WWW: http:/
  Italia Online: [coming soon]


* Asociacion para la Prevencion y Estudio de Delitos Abusos y Negligencias
  en Informatica y Comuncicaciones Avanzadas (APEDANICA)
  APEDANICA (the Spanish Legal Advanced Communications and Computer Crime
  Association) is a non-profit organization of legal experts that provide
  expert witnesses to computer crime cases, who advocate data security
  technology, local technological development, computer and network usage,
  and who oppose governmental and commercial corruption.  APEDANICA is also
  the founder of CUANTAFE (the Club of Electronic Signatures Users, or 
  Club de Usuarios Apedanicos Nacionales y Telematicos Avalantes de las Firmas
  Electronicas), which organizes meetings and other events to help develop
  public key encryption markets and usage. 
  General: Miguel A. Gallardo, President <>
  FTP:, /pub/Groups/APEDANICA/
  Gopher:, 1/Groups/APEDANICA
  Voice: +341 474 38 09
  Fax:   +341 473 81 97
  Snail: P.O. Box 17083
         E-28080 Madrid Spain

 UK/Great Britain
* CommUnity (Computer Communicators' Association)
  Formed in 1993, to repesent the interest of the UK online community. It
  was initally formed in response to the threat of BBS licencing posed by
  the ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers Association) and FAST
  (Federation Against Software Theft); and out of widespread concern over
  growing press and media misrepresentation of the comms-using community
  in the UK.  To date CommUnity has: actively responded to a number of 
  television documentaries and magazines misrepresenting computer-comms 
  users as primarily software pirates and pornographers; Met with a key 
  Member of Parliament to head off a proposed BBS licensing scheme; pro-
  duced a comprehensive report for a Home Affairs Select Committee
  enquiry into computer pornography; lauched its own electronic magazine,
           Jim Trash <>
                     FidoNet 2:250/310
                     CompuServe 100016,251
  Newsletter: Mike Barnes <>
  Convener: Oliver Clarke <> 
            FidoNet Classic 2:252/150
  FTP:, /pub/archives/community/, /pub/Groups/CommUnity/
  Gopher:, 1/Groups/CommUnity
  Usenet: (gated to FidoNet, et al. "COMMUNITY" echo)
  FidoNet/GTNet/WildNet/TheNet/NeST: COMMUNITY conference
  FidoNet netmail: 2:254/151, 2:254/152
  Snail: CommUnity                Newsletter:  CommUnicator
         89 Mayfair Avenue                     13 Martin Rd.
         Worcester Park                        Ipswich, Suffolk
         Surrey KT4 7SJ, UK                    IP2 8BJ, UK
  Voice:    n/a                                +44 01473 692975
  BBS: +44 71 738 5596/5557 (London - Arkham, FidoNet: 2:254/151,
       +44 706 821837       (Manchester - Pig Pen, FidoNet: 2:252/150)
       +44 532 605876       (Leeds - Owl Service, FidoNet: 2:250/312)


* American Society for Information Science (ASIS)
  The American Society for Information Science (ASIS) is a nonprofit
  professional association organized for scientific, literary, and
  educational purposes and dedicated to the creation, organization,
  dissemination and application of knowledge concerning information and its
  transfer.  Founded in the mid-1930's, ASIS has a history which stems from
  the earliest days of the modern era of documentation.  ASIS counts among
  its membership some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as
  computer science, management, engineering, librarianship, chemistry,
  linguistics, and education.  ASIS and its members are called upon to help
  determine new directions and standards for the development of information
  policies and practices. The mission of the American Society for
  Information Science is to advance information professionals and the field
  of information science.
  Voice: +1 301 495 0900
  Fax:   +1 301 495 0810
  Snail: P.O. Box 554 
         Washington DC 20044-0554 USA
* Americans Communicating Electronically (ACE)
  ACE membership is diverse and represents private and govt. organizations
  and individuals who wish to promote interactive communications among
  federal, state, and local governments, private businesses, public
  libraries, and schools, rural cooperatives, public and private
  universities, community-based arts and theater groups, voluntary
  associations, job training services, and health care 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 govt. agencies, from the White House to the NSF and the 
  Dept. of Labor, are already participating in the ACE project.  Unlike
  everything else on this list, ACE is actually a govt.-sponsored project.
  There are several ACE mailing lists: ACE-MG (general ACE info), CET-MG
  (Communities in Economic Transition), CET-NEWS (C.E.T. bulletins), etc.
  Basic info:
  Mailing list subscriptions: [message body:
                              subscribe <listname> <your name>]
* Center for Civic Networking (CCN/CivicNet)
  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.  CCN is involved with SDIN network,
  the Cambridge Civic Forum, and the "From Townhalls to Local Civic
  Networks" conference, and ACE. 
  General: Miles Fidelman <>
                          <>, Exec. Dir.   
           Richard Civille <>, Dir., DC office
  FTP:, ftp/amo/civicnet, pub/Groups/CCN
  Gopher:, 1/associations/civicnet 
, 1/Groups/CCN
  WWW: gopher://
  Voice: +1 202 362 3831 (R. Civille, Washington DC office)
* Center for Governmental Studies (CGS)
  A Los Angeles-based non-profit, research organization which works to
  improve the processes of media and democratic governance.  In 1989 the
  Center launched The California Channel, the nation's first "state C-SPAN"
  now available to over 4 million California homes.  With the Babcock,
  Carnegie, Cummings, Gerbode and Irvine foundations, CGS initiated the
  Democracy Network, a plan for an interactive network/station for the NII 
  that will allow voters, through their TV sets or computers to access
  information on demand from political candidates and ballot measure
  committees, and to talk with candidates and voters in an electronic town
  hall, to increase voter participation, decrease campaign costs, encourage
  candidates to devote more attention to substantive issues, and demonstrate
  to elected officials the value of incorporating free voter information
  into the new definition of "universal service."
  Voice: +1 310 470 6590
  Fax:   +1 310 475 3752
  Snail: 10951 West Pico Blvd., Suite 206
         Los Angeles CA 90064 USA

* Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) - HEIRAlliance
  (See Higher Education Information Resources Alliance for more info.)

* Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
  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.  CPSR hosts several
  mailing lists, including cpsr-cpu (CPSR's "CPU" newsletter for informa-
  tion technology workers), cpsr-announce (CPSR's general news and announce-
  ments list, gated to Usenet newsgroup, and bawit-
  announce (Bay Area Women & Information Technology working group announce-
  ments), among others.
  General (nat'l. HQ):
  General (DC offc.): Marc Rotenberg <>
  Washington DC chapter: Larry Hunter <>
  NY chapter: David Friedlander <>
  Berkeley CA chapter: Karen Coyle <>
  Palo Alto CA chapter: Andre Bacard <>
  Portland OR chapter: Erik Nilsson <>
  Los Angeles chapter: Rodney J. Hoffman <>
  Mailing lists:, message body: "subscribe <listname - see
                 above> <name>"
  Nanotechnology SIG: Ted Kaehler <>
  Electoral issues: Eva Waskell, voice: +1 703 435 1283 evenings
  Snail: CPSR National Office        CPSR/Berkeley
         P.O. Box 717                SE P.O. Box 40361
         Palo Alto CA 94302 USA      Berkeley CA 94704 USA
  Voice: +1 415 322 3778             +1 415 398 2818
  Fax:   +1 415 322 3798
* Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  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, 501(c)(3) application pending.
  General: cosn@bitnic.bitnet,
  Snail: P.O. Box 6519
         Washington DC 20035-5193 USA
  Voice: +1 202 466 6296
  Fax:   +1 202 872 4318

* Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
  A non-profit research and development organization formed in 1986 to
  help focus U.S. strengths in information processing technology.  Working
  with industry, government, and academia, CNRI is engaged in scientific
  research on the design of experimental infrastructure which can improve
  the country's long-range scientific and engineering productivity.
  CNRI organizes multi-party collaborative research activities among
  U.S. government, business and academic organizations.  An experimental
  information infrastructure will provide an important basis for joint
  university/industry research and facilitate rapid transfer of advanced
  scientific concepts and technology between research groups and also into
  experimental applications.
  Gopher:, 1/CNRI Information
  WWW: gopher://
  Snail: 895 Preston White Drive, Suite 100
         Reston, VA  22091
  Voice: +1 703 620 8990

* Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)
  Despite the name, this is a non-profit organization. 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 BITNET (and thus Internet
  email) 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.
  Snail: 1112 16th St. NW,  Suite 600
         Washington, DC 20036 USA
  Voice: +1 202 872 4200
* 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.  EFF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  Basic info:
  Legal: Shari Steele <>, Dir. of Legal Services
	 Mike Godwin <>, Online Counsel
  Policy/Open Platform/NII: Daniel J. Weitzner (,
                            Senior Staff Counsel  
  Tech: Dan Brown <>, Systems Administrator
  Online newsletter: Stanton McCandlish <>, Online Activist
  Hardcopy publications:
  Mailing list requests: (message of "HELP" or "LONGINDEX")
  Usenet:,, alt.politics.datahighway
  WELL: g eff
  AOL: keyword EFF
  Computers & Academic Freedom:,
  CAF mailing list: (add comp-academic-freedom-news)
  Computer underground Digest archives:
  Snail: 1001 G St. NW, Suite 950 E
         Washington DC 20001, USA
  voice: +1 202 347 5400
  fax:   +1 202 393 5509
* Higher Education Information Resources Alliance (HEIRAlliance) - CNI
  The Higher Education Information Resources Alliance (HEIRAlliance) is a
  vehicle for cooperative projects between the Association of Research
  Libraries, CAUSE, and EDUCOM. Currently, its major projects are
  The Coalition for Networked Information, (formed in 1990; promotes the
  creation of and access to information resources in networked environments
  in order to enrich scholarship and to enhance intellectual productivity. 
  Roughly 175 organizations and institutions are members of the Coalition)
  and the HEIRAlliance Executive Strategies reports (designed to keep chief
  higher education executives informed about critical issues related to
  information technologies.)
  General: Craig A. Summerhill <>, Systems Coord./Program Ofcr.
  CNI general: Joan Lippincott <>, Asst. Exec. Dir.
  Exec. Strategies report queries: Karen McBride <>
  CNI Announcements list:, message body: "subscribe
                          cni-announce <firstname> <lastname>"
  WWW: gopher://
  Snail: 21 Dupont Circle, N.W.
         Washington DC 20036 USA
  Voice: +1 202 296 5098

* Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
    [No information available.]
  Voice: +1 312 644 6610, Dave Lenef (Communications Coordinator) 
  Fax:   +1 312 321 6869
* National Online Media Association (NOMA)
  NOMA is a trade association for BBS's, Internet service providers, and
  other online services and public networking operations.  It was formed
  at ONE BBSCON '93 in August at Colorado Springs, CO.  NOMA will be in an
  initial organizational phase for a while. NOMA's mission is to 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.
  General: Phill Liggett <> 
           Lance Rose <>
           Steve Barber <>
  Mailing list requests: (subscribe natbbs <name>)
  FidoNet: Jim Taylor, 1:310/5 <>
  Delphi: [no contact info provided]  
  Snail: NOMA, c/o Phill Liggett
         Solutions, Inc.
         89 Seymore Ave.
         West Hartford CT 06119 USA
  Voice: Phill Liggett, +1 203 233 3163
         Lance Rose, +1 201 509 1700 FOR
  BBS: +1 805 520 2300 (sysop: Celeste Clark)
       +1 703 648 1841 (sysop: Tony McClenny)
       +1 209 685 8487 (sysop: W. Mark Richmond)
* National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) - a.k.a. Free-Net
  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 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  [Note:
  not all "Free-Net"-like systems are part of NPTN, just most of them.]
  General: [note: this is not an automailer, but a person]
  Canadian Free-Net mailing list:, 
                                  (subscribe CAN-FREENET <name>)
  Charlotte NC Free-Net list: (subscribe
                              CITYNET <name>)
  Snail: National Public Telecomputing Network          
         P.O. Box 1987                                    
         Cleveland, Ohio  44106                       
  Voice: +1 216 247 5800
  Fax: +1 216 247 3328
  Community Free-Net affiliate systems                    modem number
    Big Sky Telegraph           Dillon, Montana         +1 406 683 7680   
    Buffalo Free-Net            Buffalo, New York       +1 716 645 6128
    Cleveland Free-Net          Cleveland, Ohio         +1 216 368 3888
    COIN                        Columbia, Missouri      +1 314 884 7000
    Denver Free-Net             Denver, Colorado        +1 303 270 4865
    Heartland Free-Net          Peoria, Illinois        +1 309 674 1100
    Lorain County Free-Net      Elyria, Ohio            +1 216 366 9721
    Medina County Free-Net      Medina, Ohio            +1 216 723 6732
    National Capital Free-Net   Ottawa, Ont., Canada    +1 613 564 3600
    Tallahassee Free-Net        Tallahassee, Florida    +1 904 576 6330
    Tristate Online             Cincinnati, Ohio        +1 513 579 1990
    Tri-Cities Free-Net         Hanford, Washington     +1 509 375 1111
    Victoria Free-Net           Victoria, BC, Canada    +1 604 595 2300
    Wellington Citynet          Wellington, New Zealand +64 4 801 3060
    Youngstown Free-Net         Youngstown, Ohio        +1 216 742 3072
  For more detailed information, including internet addresses and login
  instructions, see, pub/Groups/NPTN-Freenet/
  [NOTE: Not all systems called "free-nets" are part of the NPTN group.] 

* 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 the 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 gov/t.
  Our activities include: technical assistance on budget, regulatory 
  accountability, govt. secrecy, & general govt. decision-making through 
  publications, training sessions & direct links to certain govt. data; 
  community forums on the federal budget to reorder priorities to domestic 
  needs; RTK NET (Right-to-Know computer network); advocacy--through the
  tools to empower community groups and coordination of coalitional efforts
  in a variety of areas; support of public access to and use of gov't 
  information.  Most activity conducted offline, so send a snailmail
  address if you want OMB Watch materials.
  General: Patrice McDermot <>

* Telecommunications Policy Roundtable (TPR)
  The TPR is a coalition of more than 100 organizations which was organized
  in the spring of 1993 to discuss federal telecommunications and
  information policy.  The group as a whole meets every month in
  Washington, DC, and it also sponsors several regular and ad hoc
  committees and subcommittees to address specific roundtable concerns.
  TPR members include EFF, CME, CNI, TAP, and CPSR.  TPR sponsors an
  open-to-all mailing list forum for discussion of U.S. telecom policy,
  called ROUNDTABLE.
  General: Jeff Chester <>,
  Technical admin: Craig Summerhill <>                         
  Mailing list subscription:, message body: "SUBSCRIBE
                             ROUNDTABLE <firstname> <lastname>"  
  Mailing list admin: Jamie Love <>
  Voice: +1 202 628 2620 (Center for Media Education, initial contact for
         organizations wishing to joing TPR)
  Fax:   +1 202 234 5176 (c/o Jamie Love at TAP)

* Voters Telecom Watch (VTW)
  The Voters Telecomm Watch is a volunteer organization dedicated to
  monitoring federal legislation that affects telecommunications and
  civil liberties.   VTW is based primarily out of New York, though they
  have volunteers throughout the US.  Voters Telecomm Watch keeps scorecards
  on legislators' positions on legislation that affects telecommunications
  and civil liberties.
  Press contact:
  Mailing list requests (announcements):, message
                                      body: "subscribe vtw-announce
                                      <firstname> <lastname>"
  Mailing list requests (discussion):, message body:
                                      "subscribe vtw-list <firstname> 
  FTP:, /pub/Groups/VTW/ [minimal info]
  Gopher:, 1/vtw [much more info that at ftp site]
  WWW: gopher://
  Voice: +1 718 596 2851



** Madrid **

  [see APEDANICA, under National - Spain]


* Learning Opportunities in Computer Applications within Lothian (LOCAL)
  An organization created to: provide networking for the handicapped, 
  provide computer training, creation of electronic clubs for youth
  activities, development of global e-penpal systems for cultural
  exchange, promote online educational and employment opportunities
  (incl. industrial training), set up electronic links between the
  handicapped and distant family members, electronic one-to-one tuition 
  to supplement classrooms, link up organizations working with children,
  support documentary reasearch systems online, encourage international
  inter-networking, promote "virtual workgroups" and other online
  joint projects.
  General: Robert Regan <>  
  Snail: Kaimes Landfill
         Kirknewton EH27 8EJ UK
  Voice: +44 31 451 5195
** Alabama **
* Linux Users of North Alabama (LUNA) [formerly Huntsville Group]
  LUNA is more than an advocacy group for Linux (a freeware version of
  Unix for PCs), having become involved in network access issues on a
  local basis, including encouragement of the BBS community, assisting
  the startup of a local Internet access site, working on UAH's campus
  network, providing tutorials on networking home computers, and
  assisting communications development at a local high school. "LUNA is
  here to provide community networking", says Matt Midboe. Though not
  currently working on policy issues, LUNA's technically-oriented members
  concentrate on bringing cyberspace to people who did not have the
  capability and know-how before.
  General: Matt Midboe <>
           [also try to see if this
           new site is up yet.]

** California **


* Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC)
  The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a non-profit consumer education
  project funded by the Telecommunications Education Trust, a program
  of the Telecommunications Education Trust. We are a service for
  California consumers, providing an 800-number hotline, free
  information sheets, publication of an annual policy report, and
  open research facilities. Our publications can be accessed by
  gopher. The PRC focuses on technology-related privacy issues and the
  protection of personal information. These issues include: direct
  marketing, credit reports, workplace monitoring, Social Security
  numbers, government records, wireless phones and medical records.
  The PRC tracks federal and state legislation that affects
  privacy rights. We also research the effects of future services and
  technologies on privacy rights, such as the National Information
  Infrastructure and health care reform.  PRC has been in operation since
  October 1992.
  FTP:, /pub/privacy/
  Gopher:, 1/USDinfo/privacy
  WWW: gopher://
  Telnet:, login: privacy
  BBS: +1 619 260 4670 (8N1, 2400bps, local> c teetot, login: privacy)
       +1 619 260 4789 (8N1, 9600-14400bps, local> c teetot, login: privacy)
  Snail: The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
         The Center for Public Interest Law 
         5998 Alcala Park
         San Diego, CA  92110
  Voice: +1 619 260 4806
          1 800 773 7748 (Hotline, CA US only, 9a-5p PDT, M-F)
         +1 619 298 3396 (Hotline, all others, 9a-5p PDT, M-F)
  Fax:   +1 619 260 4753

* BAWiT (Bay Area Women in Telecom)
  Hosted by CPSR/Berkeley, and probably involved with This!Group, BAWiT
  is a group of women working with telecom to make the online community
  inclusive rather than exclusive of women and minorities. The
  working group's activities include outreach and mentoring, and
  providing speakers for events & informal online discussions. 
  Info: Judi Clark <,>
  Mail lists: (message body containing:
              subscribe bawit-announce [1st & last name])
* This!Group
  [This!Group is dormant as of this writing, but enthusiasm for new
  projects and activism might get the ball rolling again.]   
  General: Judi Clark <>

** District of Columbia **
* Group 2600 [and some public access operators]
  General: Bob Stratton <,>
           Mikki Barry <>

** Massachusetts **
* EF128 (Electronic Frontier Route 128). 
  [No information available at this time; appears to be defunct]
  General: Lar Kaufman <>

** Mississippi **
  Local chapter with chapters in Alaska, Orlando Florida, Atlanta
  Georgia, Mobile Alabama, Montgomery Alabama, Oxford Miss,
  California, Ocean Springs Miss, and other locations.
  [No info available on what this group is or does.] 
  General: R. Jones <> 
		 [NOTE: this email address may or may not be current]
  Snail: PO Box 573
         Long Beach MS 39560 USA
** Minnesota **


* Minnesota Electronic Democracy Project (E-Democracy)
  Minnesota E-Democracy 1994 is a non-partisan effort to provide the
  public with greater access to campaign and election information in
  electronic form.  This volunteer effort is working to help candidates
  place their position papers and other information on the Internet.
  Information, knowledge, and connectivity are key ingredients in our
  democracy.  This effort may demonstrate how electronic communication
  can be a positive contribution as well as a challenge in our democracy.
  NOTE: this project's working groups are now forming, and goals are to
  acheved by Aug.-Nov. 1994.
  Mailing list: [message body: subscribe mn-politics]
  Mailing list admin: Mick Souder <>
  Tech. Coord.: Scott Fritche <>
  Project Coord.: Steven Clift <>

** Missouri **

* Greater Kansas City Sysop Association (GKCSA)
  [No info available.]            
  General: Scott Lent <>
  P.O. Box 14480
  Parkville, MO 64152
  Voice: +1 816 734 2949
  BBS:   +1 816 734 4732 

** New Hampshire **
* Electronic Frontiers New Hampshire (EFNH)
  A state/local group founded to work with federal and state legislators
  and media on issues of electronic democracy, freedom of speech in the
  online world, privacy of email and other electronic communication, access
  to govt. information, and access issues surrounding the Nat'l. Information
  Infrastructure debate.  Goals include airing important networking ideas,
  attracting media & govt. attention to the issues, focussing on civil
  rights online and providing a forum for discussion of same, protect
  against, draw attention to, and provide a voice to speak against govt.
  encroachments on individual liberties in networking, especially from a
  grassroots level, and improving public access to govt. information.
  EFNH is still in the formative stages.  It plans to formalize
  considerably before long.  The "kickoff" meeting was Jan. 21, '94.
           Dan York <>
           Mark E. Mallett <>
           Marta Greenberg <>
  FTP:, pub/Groups/EF-New_Hampshire
  Gopher:, "...Groups"/"EF New Hampshire"
  Voice: +1 603 437 5868 (Dan York)

** New York **
* The Society for Electronic Access (SEA)
  SEA is a membership organization focusing on civil liberties and access
  issues that affect the online world. SEA is based in New York City, so
  many of their activities are focused toward the New York metropolitan
  area, though issues of national concern are addressed.
  Basic Info: (auto reply)
  Administration: Simona Nass <>, President
  Media Contact: Steve Barber <>, Secretary
  Snail: Post Office Box 7081
         New York, NY, 10116-7081
  Voice: +1 212 592 3801
* Genesee Community College Group
  [No info available.]
  General: Thomas J. Klotzbach <> 
  Snail: Thomas J. Klotzbach
         Genesee Community College
         Batavia, NY 14020
  Voice (work) +1 716 343 0055 x358

** Oklahoma **
* [Group name unknown.]
  [No info available.]
  General: Lonny L. Lowe <>
  Snail: Lonny L. Lowe
         c/o Freelance Consulting
         514 S. Pine
         Stillwater OK 74074-2933 USA
  Voice: +1 405 747 4242
** Rhode Island **


* Center for Public Information (CPI)
  A group of Rhode Islanders active in government reform and/or providing
  electronic access to information have united to form the Center for
  Public Information, Inc. (CPI), a nonprofit organization devoted to
  making information by and about government more accessible.  The agency
  will utilize computer technology and traditional publishing methods to make
  information from government agencies and nonprofits dealing with
  government reform and policy easier, faster, and less expensive to
  access.  Projects include: assisting state and local government agencies
  with making their information electronically available; developing
  computerized resource databases; publishing resource guides; requesting
  and reporting public records and information regarding government
  activities; developing and supporting legislation supporting public access
  to govt. information; Assisting nonprofit agencies involved with
  government reform and govt. information; and improving electronic access to
  govt. information.
  General: David M. Goldstein <>
  FTP: ???
  Gopher: ???
  WWW: ???
  BBS: ???
  Voice: Linda DiCecco, +1 401 942 3984
  Fax: +1 401 351 9122
  Snail: 428 Smith St.
         Providence RI 02908 USA

** Tennessee **
* [Group name unknown.]
  [No info available.]
  General: Craig Owensby <>
  Snail: Craig Owensby
         805 Harpeth Bend Dr.
         Nashville TN 37205
  Voice: +1 615 662 2011 (home)
	 +1 615 248 5271 (work)

** Texas **
* EFF-Austin
  EFF-Austin was formed to protect constitutional guarantees of free
  speech and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure for
  users of computer networks. Experience has taught us that these
  freedoms must be fought for if they are to survive in the online
  world.  EFF-Austin was created as an experimental local chapter of
  the national EFF but became independent in 1993 while retaining
  contacts with the parent organization. We're heavily involved
  in public speaking, education, and advocacy of constitutional
  rights in cyberspace. "We're Austin's forum for discussion of all
  concerns related to the cutting edge where society meets technology."
  [NOTE: Though originally formed as a chapter of EFF, EFF-Austin is
  an independent organization.]
  Mailing list subscriptions:
  Usenet: austin.eff
  FTP:, /eff-austin/
  Gopher:, 1/eff-austin
  WWW: gopher://
  Snail: P.O. Box 18957
         Austin TX 78760 USA
         Voice: +1 512 465 7871
  BBS: +1 512 467 7317, the SMOFboard (8-n-1, 14400bps V.42b/MNP1-5)
       +1 512 259 9546, Lion's Den (8-n-1, 2400bps)
       (and many other local info-sites)   

* Electronic Frontiers Houston (EFH)
  a non-profit corporation devoted to working with and for the
  Houston computer and telecommunications community.  Working in
  alliance with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF-Austin and
  other national and regional organizations, EFH acts as a focal
  point for the diverse set of individuals who find themselves
  involved in computer communications. Included on the EFH's agenda
  are: advocating civil liberty issues in "cyberspace," promoting
  wider public access to computer networks, exploring artistic and
  social implications of new digital media, and educating the public
  about the increasingly important on-line world.  
  WWIVnet: efh@5285
  Board of Directors: (efh-directors@5285 on WWIVnet)
  FidoNet: EF_HOU echomail conf (available on local BBSs)
  FTP:, /EFH/
  Gopher:, 1/EFH
  WWW: gopher://
  Snail: 2476 Bolsover #145
         Houston TX 77005 USA
  Voice: Ed Cavazos, +1 713 781 3310
  BBS: +1 713 781 4305, Bamboo Gardens (login as EFH GUEST, pw EFH)

** Virginia **

* Richmond Law & Technology Association (LTA)
  The Richmond Law & Technology Association is a student organization at
  the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. LTA began
  in January of 1994, founded by Rick Klau, Leonard Presberg and Brennen
  Keene.  The LTA exists to promote the study of the law of technology and
  to help teach the technology of law. Within this broad mission, the LTA
  sponsors several projects, including symposia and an Internet mailing list
  General: Rick Klau <>
  Mailing list subscribe: [under construction]



* WHO/WHERE: This list is maintained by Stanton McCandlish <>,
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* SCOPE: This list focuses on: 
 1) organizations dealing with online issues such as cryptography,
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 2) organizations working on access to online resources, and supporting 
    community networking, and 
 3) general  activism and civil liberties organizations providing material
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* YOUR LISTING: Please! Check your entry regularly and make sure it is up to
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or there's not really much point in listing you.  Please expand on your
group's contact information as much as possible.  Thank you.

* BIG ORGS: Wide-spread organizations, with many local affiliates,
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includes CPSR, NPTN/Free-Net, and APC/IGC.  To list all the local groups
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