|Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility|
In a few years most of us will buy a wide range of goods and services, exchange sensitive health care information, and get our daily news over digital networks. We may even use the networks to acquire an education, both as children and as adults, and to conduct political discussions. So it is not just a techie obsession to be concerned with privacy, free speech, universal access, and related issues in Cyberspace. It is a realistic concern for the future of democracy and equity.
The most important civil liberties issue facing us today is getting citizens of all races, classes, and creeds connected to the Internet. Our fight for free speech and privacy rights will remain a hollow victory if cyberspace remains mostly a bunch of well-educated white folks.
Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
Counsel for Plaintiffs in ACLU v. Reno (case striking down the Communications Decency Act) and ACLU challenge to Child Online Protection Act (or “CDA II”)
The basic rights promoted by the CPSR Cyber-Rights working group are:
The right to assemble in online communities
The right to speak freely
The right to privacy online
The right to access regardless of income, location, or disability
Copyright and intellectual property — Telecommunications — Always-on Internet access and high bandwidth — Censorship and the Communications Decency Act — Domain name registration on the Internet — Privacy issues — Digital telephone wiretapping — Encryption and key recovery — Universal Service, the digital divide, and Internet pricing — Mergers in the communications industries — Spamming (unsolicited commercial electronic mail) — Government documents online — Wireless digital networks — Digital television — Internet telephony — The Church of Scientology vs. the Net
Join our cyber-rights mailing list
Archives of the very early years of the mailing list (September 1995 - October 1997) in chronological order
Cyberjournal, a general discussion list focusing on global political trends
Submit a comment to CPSR on Cyber-Rights pages.
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