Public Policy On-line Resources
World Wide Web Sites
- Telecommunications Bill
- The American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is challenging the telecommunications in court, on constitutional grounds. They are spearheading an effort for 19 groups.
- The Center for Democracy and Technology
The Center's mission is to develop and advocate public policies that advance constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in new computer and communications technologies.
- Thomas, full text of all current legislation pending before both houses of Congress. Searchable by keyword, bill number, or sponsor. Also includes bills introduced in 103rd congress (1993-1994), full text of the Congressional Record and other useful legislative information.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF is a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest
to protect privacy, free expression, and access to on-line resources and
- Electronic Privacy Information Center
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was
established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties
issues relating to the National Information Infrastructure, such as the Clipper
Chip, the Digital Telephony proposal, national ID cards, medical record
privacy, credit records, and the sale of consumer data.
- Voters Telecommunications Watch
VTW is a volunteer organization, concentrating on legislation as it relates to
telecommunications and civil liberties.
World Wide Web Sites
Protecting the Public Interest:
CMC Information Sources -- These are organizations which work to foster networking or advocate for issues related to CMC, communications, or technology.
The Coalition for Public Information -- A coalition of information developers, providers and educators dedicated to ensuring public access and of the evolving electronic information infrastructure in Canada.
Connecting Each to All Principles to Implement the Goal of Advanced Universal Service -- The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) is a coalition of individuals and more than ninety nonprofit groups. This document discusses what is needed to provide universal access to "a network that is capable of providing informational and transactional services using voice, high speed data, graphics and two-way video."
CyberStategy Project -- This document discusses the use of computer networks to facilitate and enhance political participation in the United States. Seven case-studies of successful use of information systems to enhance political participation are included.
Digital Leapfrogging --
"Across the Third World and the former Soviet bloc, former have-nots are suddenly jumping in a single generation from creaky phones -- or none at all -- to wireless laptops and full access to the World Wide Web. And even in the so-called developed world, inner-city school kids and isolated rural towns are getting access over the Internet to the best information in the world.
Public Interest Issues in the House Telecommunications Legislation -- This work is an analysis of H.R. 1555, the Communications Act of 1995. "It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the legislation, but an evaluation of specific sections of the bill that have received little coverage elsewhere and are of importance to public interest advocates."
The VIA Coalition in Arlington, Virginia -- An example of a community organization that is working to promote accountability, public integrity, ethics, and fiscal responsibility in government.
Respond to Inaccurate Perceptions of Porn on the Net --
A Resource created by the Internet Advocate for Librarians and Educators interested in providing youth access to the net. It provides a guide to
promoting positive examples of youth internet use. It also links to information about how to develop an "Acceptable Use Policy" (AUP) for your students. It has a link to "Respond to Inaccurate Perceptions of Porn on the Net," which provides a pretty realistic description of porn on the net (unlike many newspapers, journals, and news broadcasts).