The Computer Paper
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June, 1997

Web Celeb Top 10

Electronic Freedom-Fighting Sites

by Keith Schengili-Roberts, kschengi@interlog.com

David Jones and Jeffrey Shallit are the founders of Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC), an organization that was founded to ensure the principles embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms remain protected as new computing, communications, and information technologies are introduced into Canadian society.

Being computer scientists, they began counting their list of Top 10 Web sites from zero:

0. Electronic Frontier Canada
This site is run by Canada's premier organization dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and the right to privacy in cyberspace. Are you a member yet?

Web site: http://www.efc.ca/

1. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
This group is the largest, oldest, and best-funded organization devoted to civil liberties in cyberspace. It is host to huge archives, but is devoted to the American perspective.

Web site: http://www.eff.org/

2. Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
This is another American public interest group devoted to the preservation of privacy in new electronic technologies.

Web site: http://cpsr.org/cpsr/privacy/epic/epic.html

3. The Anonymizer
Through this site you can surf the Web without leaving a trail of digital footprints.

Web site: http://www.anonymizer.com/

4. CensorScan
A project of Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise, the CensorScan site keeps you informed on what those busybodies at Canada Customs are up to.

Web site: http://www.razberry.com/raz/censor/top.htm

5. Chronicle of Freedom of Expression in Canada
This site tells the sad history of Canadian censorship. It is put together by the Periodical Writers Association of Canada and the Book and Periodical Council, both based in Toronto.

Web site: http://www.efc.ca/pages/chronicle/

6. LoGIC: the Legal Group for the Internet in Canada
A group of Canadian lawyers interested in the Internet and its legal implications operates this site. It is also home to the Digital Doomsday Clock.

Web site: http://www.catalaw.com/logic/

7. American Civil Liberties Union "Cyber-Liberties" Page
The ACLU is the only organization in the world with deep enough pockets to be able to fight effectively against government censorship of the Net. Read the details of the U.S. Supreme Court battle that began March 19 and will have lasting impact around the world.

Web site: http://www.aclu.org/issues/cyber/

8. Declan McCullagh's Fight Censorship Mailing List Archive
It ain't pretty, but it's the most comprehensive and up-to-date archive of what's happening on the front lines in the fight to protect freedom of expression in cyberspace.

Web site: http://www.eff.org/~declan/fc/
FTP site: ftp://vorlon.mit.edu/pub/f-c/

9. Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA)
This is EFC's sister organization down under. Since Australia's size, heritage, and laws are similar to Canada's, EFA's successes and failures in battling online censorship documented at this site serve as valuable lessons for Canadians.

Web site: http://www.efa.org.au/

10. Student Association for Freedom of Expression (SAFE) Censor Bait page
These MIT students have gathered together a collection of links at this site to all kinds of controverial stuff on the Net that many university administrators don't want students to see. Do you dare look?

Web site: http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/safe/home.html


Contact: Electronic Frontier Canada,
Email: David Jones, djones@efc.ca and Jeffrey Shallit, shallit@efc.ca
Keith Schengili-Roberts is The Computer Paper's WebWatch editor. He welcomes any comments, suggestions and Web-related news you may have. You can email him at: kschengi@interlog.com.


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