Civic Organizations with Information and Communication Focus

Access

"Founded in the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian elections, Access provides support to human rights activists and pro-democracy activists in closed and semi-closed countries."
AHUMANRIGHT.ORG

Primary focus for the organization is to provide communication services through the procurement of a tel-com satellite. "The mission of ahumanright.org is to improve the human condition by...
Aspiration

Aspiration helps nonprofits, activists and foundations use software tools more effectively and sustainably. We serve as ally, coach, strategist, mentor and facilitator to those trying to make more...
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

"We help people get access to the internet where there is none or it is unaffordable, we help grassroots groups use the technology to develop their communities and further their rights, and we...
Association pour la Taxation des Transactions financière et l'Aide aux Citoyens (ATTAC)

"ATTAC is an international organization involved in the alter-globalization movement. We oppose neo-liberal globalization and develop social, ecological, and democratic alternatives so as to...
Beehive Collective

From wikipedia: "The Beehive Design Collective is a 100% volunteer-driven non-profit political organization that uses graphical media as educational tools to communicate stories of resistance to...
Berkman Center

Originally now part of Harvard Law School and now an institution of its own within the larger Harvard University, the Berkman Center is academic research institution and much more besides. It creates...
Bits of Freedom

"Bits of Freedom stands up for your freedom and privacy on the internet. We fight for an internet that is open for everyone, where everyone can continue sharing information, and where private...
Bytes for All, Pakistan

Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for...
Center for Internet and Society

"The Centre for Internet and Society will critically engage with concerns of digital pluralism, public accountability and pedagogic practices, in the field of Internet and Society, with particular...
Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

"The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the...
Civic Data Challenge

The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health" into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive. Civic...
Civic Intelligence Research and Action Laboratory (CIRAL)

The Civic Intelligence Research Action Laboratory (CIRAL) integrates theory and practice in an ongoing way. An Evergreen program devoted to the theory and practice of civic intelligence has been...
Communication Is Your Right!

Promoting communications and information access as a Human Right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: "...
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)

CPSR is a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology. Founded in 1981, CPSR educates policymakers and the public on a wide range of issues. CPSR has incubated numerous...
Consumers International

"Consumers International (CI) is the world federation of consumer groups that, working together with its members, serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers."
Creative Commons

Creative Commons created a license dedicated to sharing information, now in use in over a dozen countries. It pursues legal infrastructure, notably licenses, to promote open culture and the universal...
Demand Progress

"Demand Progress works to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, lobbying, and elections in the United States. We run online campaigns to rally people to take action...
Digital Democracy

"We create agile programs with human-centric design and on-the-ground analysis & evaluation. We write and publish reports for global academic and institutional use. We combine unique passion,...
Digitale Gesellschaft

"Obviously we have not made sufficiently clear what should be the aim of the association: to create capacity and infrastructure for grid political campaigns. Actually we would rather set up a...
Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi)

"Electronic Frontier Finland has set up to protect citizens' electronic rights. These include the right to censor non-communication, reasonable access and purchase digital content the freedom to...
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

"When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. --- From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in...
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

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 and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and...
European Digital Rights (EDRi)

"Currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership. They are based or have offices in 18 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to...
Fédération SUD-PTT (syndicat poste et télécommunication)
Free Network Foundation

"We are an organization committed to the tenets of free information, free culture, and free society. We hold that advances in information technology provide humanity with the ability to effectively...
Free Press

"Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong...
Free Software Foundation

As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we...
Freenet Project

Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship....
Fundacion Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed)

"For the past 16 years, EsLaRed, a Venezuelan-based nonprofit organization has been training a new, and in some cases the first, generation of Internet trainers and professionals, many of whom are...
Global Voices

"Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that...
Green Net

GreenNet is a not-for-profit ethical collective ISP. It was set up in 1985 as an effective and cheap way for environmental activists to communicate – long before the web and dot-coms. Unlike many...
HERMES Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights

Our mission is to promote and develop in the society the awareness of and the attention to transparency and accountability, be they related to the society-at-large or not. Our goal is to increase the...
Institute of War & Peace Reporting

What we do: identify issues, build journalism, report news, raise awareness, make an impact. IWPR offers news reports and programs:    AFRICA Kenya DR Congo, Sudan, Uganda, ICC French...
Internet Defense League

Beyond the blackout The Internet Defense League takes the tactic that killed SOPA & PIPA and turns it into a permanent force for defending the internet, and making it better. Think of it like the...
Internet Governance Project

" - The Internet Governance Project (IGP) is an alliance of academics that puts expertise into practical action in the fields of global governance, Internet policy, and information and communication...
Internet Rights & Principles Coalition

“Internet Rights and Principles” (IRP) is a Dynamic Coalition that has set out to make Rights on the Internet and their related duties, specified from the point of view of individual users, a central...
Internews

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make...
Jordan Open Source Association

Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) is a non-profit organization based in Amman and registered under the Jordanian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. The Jordan Open Source...
Journal of Community Informatics
Living Labs Global

From their website: Mobility services should change our cities. Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) with the objective to promote innovation in services and...
March-Hare Communications Collective

March Hare Communications Collective, Inc. (MHCC) is a volunteer mutual benefit corporation that is dedicated to promoting emerging communications technology for the use of public organizing of grass...
May First/People Link

May First/People Link is an organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective, politically progressive and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are...
MobileActive.org

MobileActive.org connects people, organizations, and resources using mobile technology for social change. We work together to create the resources NGOs need to effectively use mobile phones in their...
Movements.org

Movements.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting grassroots digital activists from around the world. We match members of our global network with...
National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Using innovative technological approaches, NDI’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team advances the Institute’s overall mission to strengthen democratic institutions, safeguard...
Open Media Foundation
Open North

Open North is a Canadian non-profit that builds online tools to make democracy better. We believe that the internet has the power to transform democratic engagement. It provides a platform for...
Open Rights Group

The digital age is transforming society: bringing us greater democracy, transparency and new creative possibilities. When these freedoms are under attack, the Open Rights Group is there to defend...
Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies...
Open Spectrum Alliance

The Open Spectrum Alliance is a coalition of companies, organizations, and individuals working to unlock the potential benefits of bandwidth for all. The Open Spectrum Alliance is united by the goal...
Participatory Culture Foundation

Democracy and culture can only thrive when people are engaged in creating the world around them; not when they are passive recipients or alienated from the society they live in. Participatory Culture...
Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is a US based non-profit working at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet policy. Public Knowledge's expertise in all three areas enables it to advocate...
Public Sphere Project

Without a thriving public sphere the people's ability to manage public affairs equitably and effectively is impossible. Although new digital networked technologies are only part of this picture, they...
Rete Civica di Milano (RCM)

RCM is a free community network serving the community and civic life in Milan, Italy.
Riseup

  Email   https://mail.riseup.net We provide secure and private email accounts, accessible via the web, shell, IMAP, or POP. Get help on mail. Login to webmail. ...
Sage Bionetworks Commons

The Sage Congress promotes the sharing of genetic information and phenotypal information (visible personal characteristics) so that researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and public health agencies...
Seattle Community Network

Seattle Community Network (SCN) is a free public-access computer network. We have been privileged to partner with the Seattle Public Library from our beginnings in 1994. SCN was originally a project...
Small World News

From the mission statement:    Small World News focuses on developing the capacity of citizens to engage with the international community in crisis areas and conflict zones. Our most recent...
Tactical Technology Collective

"Tactical Tech is an international NGO working at the point where rights advocacy meets information management and technology. Our mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights...
Tor Project

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with...
Transparency International / The global coalition against corruption

"Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of...
Wikileaks

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organisation. Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information...
WITNESS

WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public...
Zwiebelfreunde

Cryptography, security, privacy and anonymity are public goods. They must not be a secret limited to experts and criminals. Members of Zwiebelfreunde (“Friends of the Onion”) educate the public on...