Privacy and Electronic Rights Organisations

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The following are advocacy and support organisations active in online privacy and rights matters. Largely drawn from Wikipedia:Electronic_Frontier_Foundation.

Introduction[edit]

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The following are organisations related to online, free press, free speech, privacy, and related issues. These may be of interest and/or benefit particularly to self-hosting groups, communities, or individuals.


Organisations[edit]

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American Civil Liberties Union (US)[edit]

  • Name: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Website: https://www.aclu.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ:
  • Founded: 1920
  • Structure: Not-profit
  • President / Key people: Susan N. Herman (Pres.), Anthony Romero (E.D.)
  • Focus: Civil liberties advocacy.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx): $1.2 million
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: 125 Broad St., New York City, New York, US
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:American_Civil_Liberties_Union
  • Notes:


The Chaos Computer Club (EU)[edit]

  • Name: Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
  • Website: https://ccc.de/en
  • Country of Operations/HQ: EU (Germany)
  • Founded: 1981
  • Structure: Non-governmental organisation
  • President / Key people:
  • Focus: More transparency in government, freedom of information, and the human right to communication.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email: press@ccc.de, mail.ccc.de
  • Postal Address: Postfach 64 02 37, 10048 Berlin, Germany
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Chaos_Computer_Club
  • Notes: 7,700 registered members.


Center for Democracy and Technology (US)[edit]

  • Name: Center for Democracy and Technolgy (CDT)
  • Website: http://cdt.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 1994
  • Structure: Non-profit
  • President / Key people:
  • Focus: "To strengthen individual rights and freedoms by defining, promoting, and influencing technology policy and the architecture of the Internet."
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public
  • Budget (approx): $3.7m (expense), $5.7m (revenue) (2017)
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: Tower Building, 1401 K St NW Suite 200, Washington, DC, 2005, US
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Center_for_Democracy_and_Technology
  • Notes: Also has a Brussells office. Fought CDA.


Digitale Gesellschaft (EU)[edit]

  • Name: Digitale Gesellschaft
  • Website: https://digitalegesellschaft.de/
  • Country of Operations/HQ: Germany
  • Founded: 2010
  • Structure: non-profit
  • President / Key people: Elke Steven (Dir.)
  • Focus: awareness campaigns & lobby work to represent citizens where online/digital things are concerned
  • Industry / Public alignment: independent
  • Budget (approx): €120.000 in 2016
  • Email: info (at) digitalegesellschaft.de
  • Postal Address: Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. , Groninger Straße 7 , 13347 Berlin
  • Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitale_Gesellschaft
  • Notes: comes from the people surrounding Netzpolitik.org, a news blog that covers german and EU internet policy


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (US)[edit]

  • Name: The Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Website: https://www.eff.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 1990
  • Structure: Non-profit (501(c)(3))
  • President / Key people: Brian Behlendorf (chair), Cindy Cohn (E.D.)
  • Focus: Digital rights, Internet activism, lobbying, and litigation.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public.
  • Budget (approx): $11.8m (2016)
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: 815 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA, US
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Electronic_Frontier_Foundation
  • Notes:


Electronic Frontier Canada (Canada)[edit]

  • Name: Electronic Frontier Canada
  • Website: https://efc.ca
  • Country of Operations/HQ: Canada
  • Founded: 1994
  • Structure: Non-profit
  • President / Key people:
  • Focus:
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Electronic_Frontier_Canada
  • Notes: Not formally affiliated with the EFF-US. Possibly inactive since 2004.


Electronic Frontiers Australia (Australia)[edit]

  • Name: Electronic Frontiers Australia
  • Website: https://efa.org.au
  • Country of Operations/HQ: Australia
  • Founded: 1994
  • Structure: NGO
  • President / Key people: Lindsey Jackson (Chair)
  • Focus: Digital rights.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Electronic_Frontiers_Australia
  • Notes: Inspired by but unaffiliated with EFF-US. Has defended Holocaust denier Gerald Fredrick Töben.


Electronic Privacy Information Center (US)[edit]

  • Name: Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
  • Website: https://www.epic.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 1994
  • Structure: 501(c)(3) Non-profit
  • President / Key people: Marc Rotenberg
  • Focus: Privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, open government.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: 1718 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20009, US
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Electronic_Privacy_Information_Center
  • Notes: Newsletter, EPIC Alert (every 2 weeks).


European Digital Rights (EU)[edit]

  • Name: European Digital Rights
  • Website: https://www.edri.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: EU (Belgium)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Structure: Non-profit
  • President / Key people: Andreas Krisch (Pres), Katarzyna Szymielewicz (VP)
  • Focus: Privacy, data protection, net neutrality, copyright.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Publib
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email: brussels@edri.org
  • Postal Address: 12 Rue Belliard, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Wikipedia: [[Wikipedia:European_Digital_Rights]
  • Notes:


Freedom of the Press Foundation (US)[edit]

  • Name: Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Website: https://freedom.press Tor: freepress3xx3hk.onion
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded:
  • Structure: <non-profit, for-profit, etc.>
  • President / Key people: Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg.
  • Focus: Freedom of the press and freedom of speech funding.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx): $2.5m rev. (2015)
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: 601 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 3731, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Freedom_of_the_Press_Foundation
  • Notes: Affiliated with EFF-US.


Future of Privacy Forum (US)[edit]

  • Name: Future of Privacy Forum
  • Website: http://www.futureofprivacy.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded:
  • Structure: ???
  • President / Key people: Jules Polonetsky (CEO), Christopher Wolf (co-chair).
  • Focus: Think tank & advocacy group focused on issues of data privacy.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Future_of_Privacy_Forum
  • Notes:

Industry-dominated privacy organisation, closly allied with "six-strikes" copyright initiative.

Corporate members include AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Intelius and Microsoft, while foundation supporters include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Digital Trust Foundation. The organization is run by Jules Polonetsky, the former chief privacy officer for AOL and Doubleclick. The founder and co-chair is Christopher Wolf, a lawyer who leads the privacy group at the law firm of Hogan Lovells. In 2015, the Future of Privacy Forum announced Washington and Lee University School of Law as its academic partner.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Global Network Initiative] (US)[edit]

  • Name: Global Network Initiative]
  • Website: https://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 2008
  • Structure: Non-profit
  • President / Key people: Mark Stephens, Lewis Segall.
  • Focus: Preventing Internet censorship by authoritarian governments and protecting the Internet privacy rights of individuals.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public.
  • Budget (approx): $650,000 (2015)
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia:
  • Notes:

League for Programming Freedom (US)[edit]

  • Name: League for Programming Freedom
  • Website: https://www.progffree.org/ (possibly defunct)
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 1989
  • Structure: Non-profit.
  • President / Key people: Dean Anderson, Richard M. Stallman
  • Focus: Opposing software patents.
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia:
  • Notes: Possibly only semi-active. Primary activity 1991-1995.


noyb.eu (EU)[edit]

  • Name: noyb ("None of Your Business")
  • Website: https://noyb.eu
  • Country of Operations/HQ: EU (Austria)
  • Founded: 2017
  • Structure: <non-profit, for-profit, etc.>
  • President / Key people: Max Schrems, Petra Leupold.
  • Focus: Launch strategic court cases and media initiatives in support of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: Vienna, Austria
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:noyb.eu
  • Notes:


Privacy International (UK)[edit]

  • Name: Privacy International
  • Website: https://privacyinternational.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: UK
  • Founded: 1990
  • Structure: Human rights charity
  • President / Key people: Simon Davies, Gus Hosein.
  • Focus: Surveillance and privacy watchdog.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address:
  • Wikipedia:
  • Notes:

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Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (US)[edit]

  • Name: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
  • Website: https://www.privacyrights.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: US
  • Founded: 1992
  • Structure: 501(c)(3) non-profit.
  • President / Key people: Beth Givens
  • Focus: Raise consumers' awareness of how technology affects personal privacy.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public.
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: 3033 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA, 92103, US
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Privacy_Rights_Clearinghouse
  • Notes:


Open Rights Group (UK)[edit]

  • Name: Open Rights Group
  • Website: https://openrightsgroup.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: UK
  • Founded: 2005
  • Structure: non-profit organisation
  • President / Key people: Jim Killock (E.D.) Danny O'Brien (founder), Cory Doctorow (founder)
  • Focus: Law, advocacy, digital rights
  • Industry / Public alignment:
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email: press@openrightsgroup.org, legalpanel@openrightsgroup.org
  • Postal Address: unit 7, Tileyard Acorn Studios, 103-105, Blundell Street, London, N7 9BN, England, UK
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Open_Rights_Group
  • Notes:


OpenMedia.ca (Canada)[edit]

  • Name: OpenMedia.ca
  • Website: https://openmedia.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: Canada
  • Founded: 2008
  • Structure: Non-governmental organisation
  • President / Key people: Laura Tribe (E.D.), Steve Anderson (Sr. advisor)
  • Focus: Digital rights, media access, civil liberties, consumer advocacy
  • Industry / Public alignment: Public.
  • Budget (approx):
  • Email: contact@openmedia.org
  • Postal Address: 1424 Commercial Drive, PO Box #21674, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5L 5G3
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Openmedia.ca
  • Notes:


Reporters Without Borders (EU)[edit]

  • Name: Reporters Without Borders
  • Website: https://rsf.org
  • Country of Operations/HQ: EU (France)
  • Founded: 1985
  • Structure: Non-profit / NGO
  • President / Key people: Chrisophe Deloire (Dir.), Christian Mihr (CEO).
  • Focus: Political advocacy on issues relating ot freedom of information and freedom of the press.
  • Industry / Public alignment: Media
  • Budget (approx): €4.9m rev. (2013)
  • Email: secretariat@rsf.org
  • Postal Address: CS 90247, 75083 Paris Cedex 02, France
  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia:Reporters_Without_Borders
  • Notes:

Defunct organisations[edit]

These are ex-parrots. Listed to avoid confusion and/or re-listing.

  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Dissolved May 2013. Wikipedia.


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