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International

Electronic Frontier Foundation

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.

EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people's radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

Site : http://www.eff.org

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us.

The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation — particularly the GNU operating system — and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

Site: http://www.fsf.org

Free Software Foundation Europe

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy.

Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.

Site : http://fsfe.org/

Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

OSI was created in 1993 by investor and philanthropist George Soros to support his foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Those foundations were established, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. OSI has expanded the activities of the Soros foundations network to other areas of the world where the transition to democracy is of particular concern. The Soros foundations network encompasses more than 60 countries, including the United States.

Site : http://www.soros.org

Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations. PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. PI has campaigned across the world to protect people against intrusion by governments and corporations that seek to erode this fragile right.

PI believe that privacy forms part of the bedrock of freedoms, and our goal has always been to use every means to preserve it.

PI is the oldest surviving privacy advocacy group in the world, and was the first organisation to campaign at an international level on privacy issues. Its antecedents stretch back to 1987, at which time the organisation’s founders started to build an international network in response to mounting concern across the world over the changing nature and magnitude of privacy violations.

Site : http://www.privacyinternational.org

Shuttleworth foundation

Shuttleworth foundation
The Shuttleworth foundation provides funding for dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. It identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant, and multiply the money they put into their projects by a factor of ten or more.

It is looking for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are looking for some support through an innovative social investment model.

Site: http://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/

 

National

Asociación de Internautas

Asociación de Internautas has as its primary objectives to defend, inform and educate users and consumers of communications thru telephone and Internet, about their uses of those media as a general right.

In particular, this "Asociación de Internautas" is fighting for a special reduced price of use for Internet connections or any other similar media, actually existing or to be developed and used in the future. They also fight against abuses in communication practices.

This association had been founded in october 1998 in reaction to the argumentation of high prices established by the government and the principal historic telecommunication operator Telefonica de España. Several associations then met their efforts to obtain a "flat rate"
price. Those associations and one non-profit association (FrEE, GTP, PLH and PTP) founded the Asociación de Internautas.

Site : http://www.internautas.org

Bits of Freedom

Bits of Freedom is the Dutch digital rights organization, focusing on privacy and communications freedom in the digital age. Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, in The Netherlands and also on a European level. Bits of Freedom is one of the founders and a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).

Site: http://www.bof.nl

Comfia CC OO

Comfia CC OO is a Spanish trade union which operates in financial and insurance sector, and also in ITC, Call centres, and other offices. With more than 100.000 members, it is part of Comisiones Obreras (CC OO), Spanish union confederation.

Since several years ago Comfia CC OO cooperates and promotes campaigns about freedom and rights on the Internet. Comfia CC OO had an active role in some campaigns like european one about Software patents, against criminalisation of P2P, in front of canon (royalties) on digital equipements, and also got a sentence of Spanish Constitutional Court allowing the use of e-mail among workers and their union representatives.

Comfia CC OO has also participated (in cooperation with UNI Global Union in some actions to bridge the digital gap in developing countries, like UNI Perú and Africa E-future (this year, helping to set up websites for 16 African unions).

Site : http://www.comfia.net

IT-Political Association of Denmark

IT-Political Association of Denmark is a danish non-profit organization raising awareness for privacy and free speech in the digital era. It is the home of Polippix project.

The aim of Polippix project is to produce a live CD (and USB memory stick, memory card, etc) with software that users without expertise in IT can use to protect their privacy. Polippix make use of TOR (onion routing), MAC address manipulation, encryption of disks and Twkinkle in order to provide privacy and anonymity for data and voice communications.Because the price of phone calls to PSTN land-lines have dropped dramatically, it is possible to sponsor free phone calls for every user.

The reception of Polippix was overwhelming. 13000 physical CD's were distributed to the members of trade union, PROSA, more than 35000 CD images were downloaded from our homepage and mirrors in a week, after that we lost track of downloads. Polippix have been covered on every major TV- and radio channel and all national newspapers.

Site : http://www.itpol.dk/

Netzwerk Freies Wissen

Netzwerk Freies Wissen (translated: Free Knowledge Network) is a network of individuals, that stands for the protection and extension of the knowledge commons.

Its goal is to protect these commons, which it defines as the entirety of all knolwedge that is freely available to mankind, from the ongoing attacks by the extension of intellectual property rights throughout the world. It also aims towards the extension of the commons by promoting free culture and software.

It is based in Berlin, Germany and aims at raising awareness for these issues within german domestic and foreign policy.

Site : http://www.wissensallmende.de

Open Rights Group

The Open Rights Group is an independent, non-profit advocacy group, campaigning for the digital civil rights of British citizens. Its goals are :

  • To raise awareness in the media of digital rights abuses
  • To provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists
  • To preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world
  • To collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations
  • To nurture a community of campaigning volunteers, from grassroots activists to technical and legal experts

Site : http://www.openrightsgroup.org/

X.net

X.net is the first advice service specialised in liberating all individuals and author/artists from the abuses of the cultural industry trade groups.
X.net was born from the idea of channelling the peoples' justified hostility towards official royalty management organisations and other cultural industry groups, such as the SGAE in Spain, and equipping people with the creative and legal skills to finally put an end to the monopoly and non-constitutionality of these groups and their private goals.
X.net fights, alongside the great majority of society, for the right to use alternative forms of circulation of culture.
New ways of protecting and promoting creative production now exist, and we have to promote them.
X.net is not an assistencial project. X.net invent and practice.

Site: http://whois--X.net

 

France

April

Founded in 1996, April is the main French advocacy association devoted to promote and protect Free/Libre Software.

April, made up of nearly 2 000 members (individuals, companies, and organizations), is a pioneer of Free Software in France. Since 1996, it is a major player in the field of Free Software.

Its aim : making Free Software more accessible for the general public, professionals and institutions, and thus more widespread. It also acts as a watchdog on digital freedoms, warning the public about the dangers of private interests keeping an exclusive stranglehold on information and knowledge.

The association has three full-time employees, one general delegate, an administrative assistant, and a person in charge of institutional relations. However, even with three full-time employees, the volunteer work is still very important, and represented around 3,000 hours of work in 2007.

Site : http://www.april.org

Big Brother Awards France

Launched by Privacy International in 1998 in London, this ceremony intends to draw public attention to privacy issues and related alarming trends in society, especially in data privacy. The Big Brother Awards are awarded yearly to authorities, companies, organisations, and persons that have been acting particularly and consistently to threaten or violate people's privacy, or disclosed people's personal data to third parties.

The Big Brother Awards are organised in around 15 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. They are named after the George Orwell character Big Brother from the novel 1984, and obtain the moral support from Richard Blair, son of the famous novelist, under his real name Eric Blair.

The Big Brother Awards in France was organized for the first time in 2000, and is the result of the meeting between activists, social workers, journalists, lawyers, jurists, and privacy and civil liberties advocates. The organisation comprises a Committee collecting applications, and gathering a jury of about ten citizens.

From the first edition, Privacy International has had discussions with other organisations known for their fight in favor of fundamental freedoms, as the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), the Syndicat de la Magistrature (a magistrate trade-union), the GISTI (a French non-profit organization for human rights), the Syndicat des avocats de France, etc.

Site: http://bigbrotherawards.eu.org

Creative Commons France

The Creative Commons organization was founded in 2001 at the Stanford Law School on the intiative of the professor of law Lawrence Lessig. The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public.

Easy to use and integrated in web standards, these non-exclusive licenses allow rights holders to authorize the public to do some use, while getting the opportunity to reserve commercial operations, derivative works, or the degree of freedom (in the sense of free software). These open access contracts can be used for any type of creation: text, movie, photo, music, websites…

Teams of volunteer lawyers are involved in the translation of texts in their own language and in the adaptation of the specific provisions to their national legislation in order to allow the use of these licences in their country. The CERSA, the Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science, a research laboratory affiliated with the University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 and the National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS is the institution affiliated with Creative Commons in France.

Site: https://creativecommons.org/

French Data Network

French Data Network (FDN) is a french non-profit organization, which aims at promoting the use and development of the INTERNET and USENET networks. FDN offers multiple services, handled by its members, for its members. FDN doesn't sell services. FDN asks you to participate, and does its best to provide the services you need.

FDN was created on June 2nd 1992, as non-profit association (under french law of july 1901), to offer at lesser cost services that other have been used to since the beginning of the 1980s, as a working tool. It's notable that the web didn't exist, yet, when FDN was founded. With the strongness of being a precursor and its associative structure, FDN continues to be a pioneer in the extent and quality of the Internet services provided, at affordable prices for individuals.

FDN's advantage is the diversity of its members, both composed of Internet old-timers, with a strong technical background, and members interested in a wide range of topics (music, legal, education, graphics, ...). It allows for promoting of a quality Internet service, on a technical level, as for content and respect of its initial ethical choices.

Site : http://www.fdn.fr/

Globenet

Globenet is a non-profit organisation, focusing on freedom of speech and privacy, providing internet services.Globenet was created in February 1995, to further the goals of several groups and NGO interested in internet, the new media and how to use it. Globenet is commited to providing electronic communication not as a source of profits but as an end in itself.

Collaborating with organisations such as WISE International, APC (Association for Progressive Communication), Reporters without Borders, ANAIS network for Internet in Africa, Globenet explored the early potentialities of a "network of networks" for NGO and militant organisations.

Since 2001, with Placenet, French Data Network (non-profit internet access providers), Gandi (low price domain names registrar) and Netaktiv (web design company), Globenet created Gitoyen, a co-operated and non-profit telecom operator ; this allows us to share the costs and reinforce our technical independence.In 2002, Globenet set up a free internet and email access for the general public, called No-log, which protects privacy.

What makes Globenet special is:

  • the variety of the services: full hosting, dedicated servers, internet access, free email
  • a total independence: no external subsidy, autonomous and free technical and non-technical management by volunteers, autonomous and free network connection
  • an ongoing effort for openness and transparency
  • strong defense of privacy and of freedom of speech

Site : http://www.globenet.org | www.no-log.org

MarsNet

MarsNet is a set of Internet services, provided by and for associations of Marseilles and the surrounding area, managed by AssoDev (Marseille), self-help and support association, for associations in technical partnership with GlobeNet / No-log.

MarsNet offers the following services:

  • Free internet access through modem and email
  • Web hosting (site, mail, lists, ...)
  • Support in the creation of site and specific tools
  • Training and support

These are professional services, at affordable prices in compliance with associative practices and values: no ads, no censorship, not-for-profit, participative, and open source tools.

Site: http://www.marsnet.org

Musique Libre

The non profit organization Musique libre aims to :

  • support and promote music creation and independent distribution,under free licences system.
  • fight for individual rights management, in front of civil companies, events organisers, labels and distributors.
  • in this new digital era, inform artists and the public about emergent distribution channels and use of musical works. And inform also about the business that is thus generated.

Dogmazic.net is the new web site of the Musique libre organisation. It's not only thousands of free ogg's and mp3's to download, it's an invitation for sharing within the libre music philosophy.

Site :http://www.dogmazic.net

Qwartz Electronic Music Awards


To present and make heard the many facets of the contemporary electronic and digital music scene; give people the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of this music and enjoy it to the full; support the creativity and cultural diversity that independent production can ensure : these are the aims of the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards.

2 million people visited the website in the course of the previous editions. They were from 80 countries in Asia, North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America and Europe, including 25% of visitors from France. A gala awards ceremony closes each edition and is held in Paris (Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione) at the end of March. Participation of independent artists and labels in the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards is free of charge. A call for entries is made throughout the world by e-mail to the 10,000 labels listed by Qwartz.

Site : http://www.qwartz.org

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