Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization and a research think tank with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It experiments with and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in the country. Its strategic plan delivers in following key result areas (KRA), which include: 1. Securing digital rights and freedom of expression for civil liberties; 2. Strengthening digital security of human rights defenders & media professionals; 3. Ending technology-driven gender-based violence; 4. Network building at national, regional and global level; and 5. Community development and communications for environmental sustainability To deliver above-mentioned KRAs, B4A conducts research for evidence-based policy advocacy and capacity building of human rights defenders on their digital security, online safety & privacy.
At the Internet Democracy Project, we believe that the Internet is changing democracy just as irrevocably as it is changing dictatorships. But if that is the case, what does that mean for our struggles and visions for social change in the democratic world? While the role of technology in democratic transitions has received ample attention in recent times, the ways in which it fundamentally restructures democracy has not received similar amounts of consideration – even if many of the changes that we are seeing today are clearly contributing to a hollowing-out, rather than a strengthening, of democracy. It is the drive to find an answer to that question that lies at the heart of the Internet Democracy Project. Through research, advocacy and debate, the Internet Democracy Project seeks to unearth both the changes wrought by technology to democracy-as-we-know-it and the implications of these changes for our visions of progessive social change if they are to remain relevant in the digital age.
APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) is an open, membership-based, not-for-profit organization. It is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) charged with ensuring the fair distribution and responsible management of IP addresses and related resources. These resources are required for the stable and reliable operation of the global Internet. As part of this service, the APNIC Secretariat is responsible for maintaining the public APNIC Whois Database and managing reverse DNS zone delegations. APNIC is also actively involved in the development of Internet infrastructure throughout the region. This includes providing training and education services, supporting technical activities such as root server deployments, and collaborating with other regional and international organizations.
APC’s strength lies in the fact that we don’t get excited about the internet for the internet’s sake. We are committed activists who want to use it to make the world a better place. 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 work to make sure that government policies related to information and communication serve the best interests of the general population, especially people living in developing countries.
Indonesian ICT Partnership Association (ICT Watch) is a civil society organisation (CSO) established in order to develop, empower and support people, other CSOs and multi-stakeholder in Indonesia for their right to information. We believe that the Internet is one of the most powerful tools for facilitating citizen engagement in building democratic societies and promoting a range of human rights. Therefore, ICT Watch provides information to the society about the dynamics and potential benefits of Internet through campaign, publication and variety of public activities. ICT Watch stands clearly on opposing unclear policies encroaching censorship on the Internet, and protecting access to information for societies. Further it stimulates safe and wise Internet use in Indonesia.
GPD is a small team based in Shoreditch in London working with civil society groups, governments, international institutions and businesses to protect and promote human rights values online. Much of our work is carried out with partner organisations in the global South. We also work through our associates – consultants and individuals with whom we have long-term relationships. Global Partners Digital started off in 2005 as Global Partners and Associates (GPA) which was set up to work in the areas of democracy, governance and human rights. As a team within GPA, we initially worked on human rights and traditional media issues.
The Internet Society was formed in 1992 by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, two of the “Fathers of the Internet”. The Internet Society’s history and values reflect this founding lineage. Among its leadership and membership one can find many of the Internet’s technical pioneers, innovators, and global connectors. Its mission—to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world—mirrors the guiding principles that gave rise to and enabled the propagation of our era’s defining technology.