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Advanced Access Content System - A collaboration
among Intel, I.B.M., Microsoft, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Walt Disney and Time Warner to create system for licensing and distributing
movies and other content produced with the latest digital media technology.
ASIS International - Organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide,
developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests as
well as specific security topics.
Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) - ACT members share a preference for market-driven
solutions over regulated ones. Members include industry leaders and emerging stars in computer software, hardware, consulting, and the Internet.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - An international scientific and educational organization
dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. With a world-wide membership ACM is a leading resource
for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of information technology, and for interpreting the impact of information
technology on society. Also see About ACM and ACM Digital Library.
Association for Information Management Professionals (ARMA) - A not-for-profit professional association
and the authority on managing records and information - paper and electronic. The association was established in 1955. Its approximately 11,000 members
include records managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators,
all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum in the United States,
Canada, and 30-plus other countries. ARMA International publishes the Information Management Journal, the only professional journal specifically
for professionals who manage records and information on a daily basis.
Association for Progressive Communications, The (APC) - A a global network of civil society organizations
dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through
the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the Internet.
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) -
Working for democratic values in a digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance
free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.
CompTIA - Representing more than 8,000 computing and communications companies, CompTIA provides
vendor-neutral standards in certification, e-commerce, customer service and workforce development to meet industry-wide challenges.
Computing Research Association (CRA) - CRA is an association of more than 180 North American
academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic
computing research; and affiliated professional societies.
Consumer Electronics Association (CSA) - Unites more than 600 companies within the U.S. consumer
technology industry. Provides information and market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, educational programs
and technical training, promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry, CEA, promoting and advancing member needs
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) - Unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry. Members
tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders,
up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry, CEA,
promoting and advancing member needs and interests.
Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) - DISA offers
the world's leading conference on electronic commerce, provides seminars on eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML), Internet security and much
more, publishes implementation guides and the X12 standards, and hosts standards-setting and networking forums.
DigitalConsumer - Believes recent changes to copyright law have gone too far by depriving
citizens of rights that they had for almost two centuries. The organization's goal is to restore the balance of copyright law so that artists and
creators can prosper while citizens have reasonable flexibility to use content in fair and legal ways. For more, see the organization's Consumer
Technology Bill of Rights.
Electronic Frontier Foundation -
Established to help make the electronic frontier truly useful and beneficial not just to a technical elite, but to everyone; and to do this in a
way which is in keeping with our society's highest traditions of the free and open flow of information and communication.
European Digital Rights (EDRi) - 35 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership. They
are based or have offices in 21 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights
in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet,
copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe.
Free Software Foundation (FSF) - Promotes computer user freedom and defends the rights of all free
software users. Dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes
the development and use of free (as in freedom) software - particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants - and
free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of
software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org,
are an important source of information about GNU/Linux.
Trust (GET) - Promotes research into the develop and use of computers, electronic communications, and information technology by the general
IEEE Computer Society - The world's
leading organization of computer professionals. Founded in 1946, it is the largest of the 35 societies organized under the umbrella of the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
International Webmasters Association (IWA) - IWA, a non-profit professional association,
is the industry's recognized leader in providing educational and certification standards for Web professionals. IWA's initiatives now supports
more than 200,000 individual members in 106 countries.
Internet Association, The - Supports policies that protect and promote Internet freedom - information
should flow freely across national borders, uninhibited by tariffs, regulations and government censorship that are fundamentally inconsistent with
the transnational, free and decentralized nature of the Internet. To preserve the Internet's role as a conduit for free expression, Internet intermediaries
must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users. Members include Facebook, Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, and eBay.
Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK) - Promotes competition, self-regulation and
the development of the Internet industry. ISPA's main activity is in making representations on behalf of the industry to government bodies,
such as the Home Office, the Department of Trade and Industry and Ofcom. Government and political representatives often
approach ISPA for its knowledge and expertise.
Internet Society (ISOC) - A professional membership society with more than 150 organization and
16,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the
organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and
the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
Internet Society Geneva (ISOCGVA) - The Geneva Chapter of the Internet Society is the
organization for those people who are interested in and active on the Internet in the larger Geneva area.
Internet.org - 'A consortium of companies and government agencies that Facebook is leading. Using a combination of drones, satellites and other technologies, Facebook seeks to bring connectivity to the entire world. The picture is remarkable: Facebook satellites and drones with six month life cycles will bounce every connection signal (like Wi-Fi) to people in every corner of the earth. Every human being will then have access to the Internet. On its face, it's a wonderful idea until you realize that this would put all the world's connectivity in the hands of one company and a coalition of partners it's brought on to realize the project.' See CounterPunch article by Alfredo Lopez.
NetAction - A U.S. national
nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting use of the Internet for effective grassroots citizen action campaigns, and to educating the public,
policy makers, and the media about technology policy issues.
Online Privacy Alliance (OPA) -
Supports self-regulatory initiatives that create an environment of trust and foster the protection of individuals' privacy online and in electronic
Open Rights Group - UK voice defending freedom of expression, privacy, innovation, creativity
and consumer rights on the Internet.
Partnership on AI - Ostensibly seeks to support research and recommend best practices in areas including ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency and interoperability; privacy; collaboration between people and AI systems; and of the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology. The partnership is comprised of Amazon.com, DeepMind, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft.
PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) - A consortium of over 500 industrial computer
product vendors who collaboratively develop specifications for PCI-based systems and boards for use in industrial and telecommunications
Public Knowledge (PK) - A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group working to defend your
rights in the emerging digital culture. PK is a group of lawyers, technologists, lobbyists, academics, volunteers and activists dedicated
to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons.
Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) - The principal trade association for the software
and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual
property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) - SGIA is the only international association
for specialty imaging. Its mission is to provide imaging professionals with tools and information needed to make the best business decisions.
SPIE - International society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application
of light. Serving approximately 180,000 constituents from more than 170 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary
information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) - International, not-for-profit organization made
up of more than 100 companies, and many individual developers, integrators, and IT professionals who want to bring reliable storage solutions
to the broader marketplace.
TechAmerica - AeA,
ITAA, GEIA and CSIA have merged to form TechAmerica, the largest and strongest voice for technology in the United States,
the industry's leading trade association.
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) - TIA Online provides a door into the activities
of the association, including: public policy and regulatory issues; standards development - domestically and worldwide; TIA-organized international
trade shows and trade missions; and SUPERCOMM, the world's premier annual communications trade show and conference.
USENIX Association - USENIX is
the Advanced Computing Systems Association. Since 1975 the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers,
system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world.
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