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The Public Voice coalition was established in 1996 by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to promote public participation in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. The Public Voice has pursued issues ranging from privacy and freedom of expression to consumer protection and Internet governance. Through international conferences, reports and funding for travel the Public Voice project seeks to increase the presence of NGOs at meetings across the globe. In cooperation with the OECD, UNESCO, and other international organizations, the Public Voice project brings civil society leaders face to face with government officials for constructive engagement about current policy issues. Public Voice events have been held in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Ottawa, Paris, Seoul, Washington, and Wroclaw.

The Public Voice project is made possible, in part, by support from the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Institute. The Public Voice has provided support for several organizations, including the Center for International Media Action, CPSR, EDRi, People for Internet Responsibility, Privacy International, and CPSR-Peru.

"There is an increasing recognition that we must involve all stakeholders including the voice of civil society. The Public Voice meeting and its contributions to the Forum have been constructive and positive." — OECD Under Secretary General


Communication Rights in the Information Society.Communications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) is a campaign to ensure that communication rights are central to the information society and to the upcoming World Summit to the Information Society (WSIS). The campaign is sponsored and supported by the Platform for Communication Rights, a group of NGOs involved in media and communication projects around the world.

Free Press. Free Press is a national organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates. Receive email featuring the stories published on the website.

Association for Progressive Communications.APCNews is a civil society's monthly e-bulletin on strategic uses of the Internet to promote social justice and equality. From the APC, an International online community on peace, human rights, development and the environment since 1990.

European Digital Rights. EDRI-gram, the newsletter about freedom, rights and rules in the information society in Europe.

Statewatch Bulletin. Coverage includes news, features and research sources on new measures introduced by national governments and the EU institutions in Brussels as well as reporting from the ground on the effect of policies and state practices in the community.

EurActiv. Information on EU developments in key policy areas such as trade, environment, enlargement, sustainable development, transparency, media and e-commerce. Free archives and email updates.

GILC Alert.Free monthly newsletter of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign with latest developments in privacy and free expression around the world. Online community of over 750 organizations focusing on development, environmental, and human rights issues.

Transitions Online. News and analysis about issues affecting Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and former Soviet Union.

UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society. Information on the legal, social, and ethical issues of information technologies.

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This is a listing of events which may be useful for civil society to participate, connect and network on issues relating to information and communication technologies and policies.


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Past Events

The Public Voice Conference:
"Privacy Rights are a Global Challenge"

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Punta del Este
October 22, 2012

The Public Voice Civil Society Meeting: "Next Generation Privacy Challenges and Opportunities"

Lillie Coney, Chair
EPIC Associate Director

The Public Voice
October 25, 2010

Madrid - Spain. The Public Voice: Global Privacy Standards in a Global World
November 3, 2009

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Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt. United Nations. IV Internet Governance Forum November 15-18, 2009


OECD 2008 Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy

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Civil Society Privacy Conference
Sept. 25, 2007

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OECD Participative Web Forum
Oct. 3, 2007

Past Public Voice Events

Cape Town Conference »

Wroclaw Conference »

Buenos Aires Conference »

Participation in the World Summit on the Information Society Internet Governance Caucus »

Civil Society Background Paper

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