Category Archives: Resource updates

Resources update: September II

In no particular order:

The Public Voice • Coalition established by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) “to promote public participation in decisions concerning the future of the Internet”. Seeks to increase the presence of NGOs at meetings across the globe. @thepublicvoice

Students for Free Culture • An “international, chapter-based student organization that promotes the public interest in intellectual property and telecommunications policy.”

Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires • Research institution whose principal objective is “to produce reports that can be useful tools for those journalists, governmental institutions, and members of the private sector and civil society that are dedicated to the defense and promotion of these rights, especially in Latin America.” @CELEUP

BOLO BHI • Pakistan-based NGO “geared towards advocacy, policy and research in the areas of gender rights, government transparency, legislation, Internet freedom, digital security, privacy and empowerment”. @bolobhi

Free Press • US-based advocacy group out to “change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Free Press advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.” @freepress

Mideast Youth • Hacktivist launchpad for digital projects that “amplify diverse voices of dissent with a specific focus on access to information, free speech and minority rights.” Authors of CrowdVoice and @MideastYouth

Resources update: September

Here are the most recent additions to the resources section of, listed in no particular order:


Internet & Society Co:llaboratory • An “open think tank” initiated by Google Germany that engages in thematic initiatives lasting several months, bringing together experts to answer societal questions in the tech sphere. @IGcollaboratory

Media Access Project • US non-profit law firm and advocacy organization promoting the public interest before the FCC and US courts, “fighting for an open and diverse communications system that protects freedom of expression, promotes universal and equitable access to media outlets and telecommunications services, and encourages vibrant public discourse on critical issues facing our society.” @mediaaccess

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure • Global network of associations “dedicated to information about free and competitive software markets, genuine open standards and patent systems with lesser barriers to competition.” Publishes ACTA Blog. @FFII

govfresh • NGO works to “inspire government-citizen collaboration and build a more engaged democracy.” Tracks people and ideas “that are changing how government works.” @govfresh

IT For Change • Bengaluru, India-based NGO promoting the use of ICT in the global South for socio-economic change.

Internews • International NGO “whose mission is to empower local media worldwide” through training and advocacy. @Internews

Projects: • “A forum for international collaboration on efforts to improve access to parliamentary information and share experiences and good practices” among parliamentary monitoring organizations. Sponsored by Sunlight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, NDI among others.

KoBo Project • “Research expertise and open-source applications for mobile data collection” in conflict areas.

Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (PITPI) • “Investigating the politics of ICTs in Muslim societies, with special focus on political uses of digital media in MENA.” @p_ITPI

Spider • A Swedish resource center for ICT4D based at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University. Primarily financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). @spidercenter


International Law and the Internet • “A blog on why norms matter online” by Matthias Ketteman at the Institute of International Law at the University of Graz, who writers about Internet governance and human rights. @MCKettemann

loose wire blog • “Social Technology: The Future of Information.: By Singapore-based Reuters journalist Jeremy Wagstaff. @loosewire

Build it Kenny, and they will come… founder and FrontlineSMS developer Ken Banks’s blog, “where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development.”


Cyber-security: The vexed question of global rules • Published: January 30, 2012. By the Security & Defence Agenda, “a neutral platform for discussing defence and security policies”.

The Open Data Handbook • “Discusses the legal, social and technical aspects of open data,” aimed at those working with government data. A project by the Open Knowledge Foundation.


Safer Mobile • Tools, training and software to help activists and journalists “understand the security risks of mobile technology and use mobile tech more securely for their work.” @safermobile. Funded by Google, US State Dept. among others.

WCITLEAKS.ORG • “Bringing transparency to the ITU.” @WCITLeaks • “Bringing transparency to online censorship in China. Real time testing of blocked URLs and Baidu, Sina Weibo and Google search results from within China.” @GreatFireChina

Blocked on Weibo • Site “tracking the various words that are blocked on Sina Weibo to get a sense of where the boundaries of Chinese censorship and self-censorship lie.” By @jasonqng

FrontlineSMS • Open-source software to send and receive SMS messages over a mobile network, facilitating information access and social change in areas with low Internet penetration. @FrontlineSMS

The Software Freedom Law Center • Non-profit provides pro-bono legal services to developers of free and open-source software. Eben Moglen is Director-Counsel.

Resources update: January 2012

Here are the most recent additions to the resources section of, listed in no particular order:

The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy • Blog and online resources on laws and policies relating to spatial and location data in terms of privacy, national security and intellectual property. Run by Kevin Pomfret.

Telecomix’s We Rebuild • Resource pages of projects run by the hacktivist collective Telecomix, aiming to ensure “access to a free Internet without intrusive surveillance.” @Telecomix

The Crypto Project • Organization “designed to assist and encourage anonymity and encryption research, development, and use” by providing “better software, security, and anonymity to individuals worldwide.” @cryptodotis

Fight for the Future • US-based non-profit organizing grass-roots opposition to proposed SOPA and PIPA censorship bills. Facebook page @fightfortheftr

Chaos Computer Club • German hacker group, “Europe’s largest”, with activities supporting “free speech, free communication and internationalism on the World Wide Web” that range from “technical research and exploration on the edge of the technology universe through campaigns, events, publications and policy advice to the operation of anonymizing services and communications.” @chaosupdates

Index on Censorship • UK-based organization promoting free expression, with “up-to-the-minute news and information on free expression from around the world.” @IndexCensorship Facebook page

Internet Rights & Principles (IRP) • multi-stakeholder coalition aiming “to make Rights on the Internet and their related duties, specified from the point of view of individual users, a central theme of the Internet Governance debate.” Facebook page

Yochai Benkler wrote @The Wealth of Networks

Tom Glaisyer • Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation, where he is involved with their Media Policy Initiative. Studies “the interplay between digital infrastructure, its use, and democratic institutions in society.” @tglaisyer

Mapping Online Publics • Research blog by the New Media and Public Communication program at Queensland University of Technology, with a focus on Twitter data gathering, processing, textual analysis and visualization.

Web Ecology Project • “An interdisciplinary research group based in Boston, Massachusetts focusing on using large scale data mining to analyze the system-wide flows of culture and community online.”

Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) • Annual conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, billed as “the Nordic countries’ largest gathering for free culture, free software and a free society.” @fscons

Envaya • “A technology platform for civil society organizations in developing countries” with a mobile component. @Envaya

Governance across borders • Blog by a group of researchers that “shares ideas, concepts and examples on how to deal with old and new forms of such transnational governance.” Loosely affiliated with the research group “Institution Building Across Borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. @govxborders

Cornelius Puschmann’s Blog • Blog “blog on Linguistics, Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communication on the Internet.” @coffee001

Nexa Center for Internet and Society • Independent research center at the Politecnico of Torino “focusing on quantitative and interdisciplinary analysis of the force of the Internet and of its impact on society.” Aims to “become a point of reference in Europe, interacting with the European Commission, regulators, local and national governments, as well as with business and other institutions.” Facebook page @nexacenter

Knight Foundation • US-based Foundation “supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.” Journalism is supported through a focus on “funding media innovation, journalistic excellence, and freedom of expression.” Facebook page @knightfdn

European Public Policy Blog by Google • “Google’s views on Government, policy and politics in Europe.”

Res Communis • Blog “on the legal aspects of human activities using aerospace technologies” at the University of Mississippi Schol of Law’s National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law.

GroundTruth Initiative • Website and blog by Mikel Maron and Erica Hagen at their new media and technology consulting company “specializing in community-based participatory technologies, especially mapping and citizen journalism, in poor and marginalized regions throughout the world”.

Joho the Blog by David Weinberger • Senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center writes about “the effect of the Internet on how we think about ourselves, our world, and business.” @dweinberger

Krebs on Security by Brian Krebs • “In-depth security news and investigation” by a former Washington Post reporter, covering online crime investigations, new threats, security updates, data breaches and cyber justice. Facebook page @briankrebs

F-Secure Labs blog • Cyber-security news from F-Secure Security Labs, by “the personnel responsible for analyzing virus, phishing, spyware, and spam attacks.” Facebook page @FSecure

Slight Paranoia by Christopher Soghoian • Blog with analysis and opinion by the Washington DC-based security and privacy researcher. @csoghoian

Infosec Island • News and community site “for IT and network professionals who manage security, risk, and compliance issues.” @InfosecIsland

Code for America • Non-profit helps US city governments improve their services by funding the coding and deployment of web-based solutions. Facebook page @codeforamerica

CJNEWS India • India-focused collective blog with news and opinion about techno-legal issues.

TorrentFreak • Blog “where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide.” @torrentfreak

Resources update: Cybernorms, Digital Democracy

Under Blogs > Development, democratization, crisis management

ICT4D Jester • ICT4D contrarian Kentaro Toyama’s blog, where he “questions, critiques, and sometimes lampoons the endeavor called ICT4D.” @kentarotoyama

Diary of a Crisis Mapper • Crisis mapper Anahi Ayala Iacucci writes about ICT4D, mobile technology and, more broadly, on the “political meaning of information”. @anahi_ayala

Under Institutions > The Internet and society

Cybernorms Research Group • Initiative by the Sociology of Law department at Sweden’s Lund University to explore “the norm-creating processes” that appear in the wake of evolving information technology. Looks set to become the Lund University Internet Institute (LUII). @cybernorms

Under Institutions > Democratization

Digital Democracy • Non-profit helps “marginalized communities to use technology to build their futures”. Promotes civic engagement through “digital technologies and programs that promote education, communication and participation.” @DigiDem

Resources update: Digital Due Process, Sahana Software Foundation, Measurement Lab

Under Institutions > Net freedom, civil rights, privacy

Digital Due Process • A “coalition of privacy advocates, major companies and think tanks” aiming to modernize surveillance laws for the Internet, specifically the US Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Under Blogs > Development, democratization, crisis management

Communication Crisis • A blog investigating “the ways in which people and organisations in political crisis situations are affected by limitations in communication and the ways and modes in which people bypass these limitations.”

Under Tools > Tools

Sahana Software Foundation • “Dedicated to the mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters.” @SahanaFOSS

Submarine Cable Map
• Shows physical infrastructure of submarine cables. By TeleGeography telecoms market research firm.

Under Tools > Data

Measurement Lab (MLAB) • Research platform and network diagnostic tool to determine if ISPs are performing application-specific traffic shaping such as throttling email, HTTP, SSH, Flash or BitTorrent. By Open Technology Initiative (OTI), Google.

Under Tools > Online journals, book series, essay series, manuals, reference texts

Freedom on the Net 2011 • Published: April 18, 2011. “Examines internet freedom in 37 countries around the globe.” By Freedom House.

Resources update: Institut für Internet & Gesellschaft, ICANN, IGF, IGP…

Under Institutions > The Internet and society:

Institut für Internet & Gesellschaft at Humboldt University in Berlin • New Google-funded initiative collects “leading academics to engage in innovative research focusing on questions of Internet innovation, Internet policy, information and media law and global constitutionalism.” @WebForschung

The Institute is organizing the 1st Berlin Symposium on Internet and Society in Berlin on Oct 25-28, 2011.

Under Institutions > Internet governance:

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) • “A not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world” that administers the Internet’s domain name system. @ICANN

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) • A “multi-stakeholder” forum mandated by the UN Secretary-General to discuss Internet governance policy. Meets annually, also comprised of regional and national IGFs.

Internet Governance Project (IGP) • An “alliance of academics that puts expertise into practical action in the fields of global governance, Internet policy, and information and communication technology.” Publishes research and analysis on Internet governance, and is active in ICANN and the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) @IGPAlert

Under Institutions > Accountability, transparency, openness:

Open Government Partnership • A “multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.” Overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations. Launched September 20, 2011 at Google NYC. @opengovpart

Resources update: Akvo, EuroDIG 2012…

As suspected, attending this past weekend’s Sweden Social Web Camp unconference in Southern Sweden led to a wealth of discoveries — of likeminded people, worthy causes and new ideas. As a direct result, some new additions to the database:

Under Tools > Tools: • Non-profit builds open-source web and mobile tools to improve how development aid is allocated and reported. @akvo

(One of the people I connected with is Akvo’s Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson. We ended up running a session together on “Open Data, Open Systems, Open Source: Better democracy?” That’s a rhetorical question, BTW:-)

Under Institutions > The Internet and society:

The Centre for Internet & Society in Bangalore • Critically engages “with concerns of digital pluralism, public accountability and pedagogic practices in the field of Internet and Society, with particular emphasis on South-South dialogues and exchange.” @cis_india

Under Blogs > The politics of digital networks:

Falkvinge &co. on Infopolicy • A founder of Sweden’s Pirate Party hosts a community discussion around information policy. @Falkvinge +Rick Falkvinge

Under Tools > Conferences:

EuroDIG 2012 — the Pan-European dialogue on Internet governance • In Sweden: “An open platform for informal and inclusive discussion and exchange on public policy issues related to Internet Governance between stakeholders from all over Europe.”

Resources update: CMCS, Mapping Digital Media

Added today to the Resources section of the site:

Under Tools > Online journals, book series, essay series, manuals, reference texts:

Mapping Digital Media • “Background papers on a range of topics that are important for understanding the effects of new technology on media and journalism.” Commissioned by The Open Society Media Program.

Under Institutions > Global media reform, citizen journalism, civic media:

Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University in Budapest • Research center with expertise in fields including new media and technology, media and civil society, and fundamental communications rights. @CMCSatCEU