The Computer Paper
Web Celeb Top 10
Electronic Freedom-Fighting Sites
by Keith Schengili-Roberts,
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, email@example.com
and Jeffrey Shallit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Schengili-Roberts is The Computer Paper's WebWatch editor.
He welcomes any comments, suggestions and Web-related news you may have.
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