Center for Democracy and
Our goal is to bring the Internet to its full democratic potential, said Ari Schwartz, a policy analyst with CDT. The Internet is more interactive than any other media and its possible to involve more people, to allow every person to become a publisher.
But for all its accessibility,
Internet publishing can expose someone to legal problems or other consequences.
Since its founding in 1994, the center has advised about 10,000 activists
around the country on how to express their views electronically without
violating communications law.
The CDT also offers
consumers how to avoid the voracious information gathering some Web sites
do. It promotes technologies that encrypt e-mail messages and anonymize
a persons electronic trail as they surf the Internet.
A major concern for CDT has been recent activity from the Federal Elections Commission that eventually may label any individuals Web site with information on a candidate as a form of campaign contribution. CDT has pushed for regulating Internet fundraising and contributions while still protecting an individuals right to speak out.
We do not advocate creating a regulation-free zone on the Internet, a recent report from CDT said, but sites created by individuals are where the democratizing potential of the Internet is most dramatic-and should be most unrestricted.