Media Release: Online Policy Group Incorporated with Commitment toUniversal Access to the Internet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Will Doherty, 415-826-3532,
Online Policy Group Incorporated with Commitment to Universal Access
to the Internet
New Nonprofit Organization Leads Effort to Empower Communities and
Fight Discrimination Online
San Francisco - September 14, 2000 -
Founders of the new nonprofit organization called the Online Policy Group
today announced the incorporation of the
organization and pledged their commitment to universal access to the
information available on the Internet.
The groups' founder is
an expert in online
discrimination issues with twenty years of experience implementing programs
for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Prior to founding the Online
Group, he served as the Director of Online Community Development at the
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, where he focused on the online
rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He managed
GLAAD's Digital Media Resource Center in San Francisco, cultivating strategic partnerships in Silicon Valley and beyond.
"In today's world, people must have access to online information to
participate fully in society," said Will Doherty, Executive Director
of the Online Policy Group. "The Online Policy Group assists
communities that have traditionally faced discrimination and are not
reaping the benefits of the promise of universal access on the Internet."
The Online Policy Group provides research, outreach, and action
on online policy issues such as online access, online privacy, and
digital defamation, serving communities such as the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender community, racial and ethnic minorities,
women, youth, elderly, and disabled communities.
Doherty is joined on the initial Online Policy Group Board of Directors by
founder of Queernet, and
student specializing in filtering software issues at the
Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Initial Online Policy Group Advisory Board members include
General Counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),
a librarian and recognized expert on Internet filtering
The Online Policy Group is accepting nominations for additional legal and
advisory board directors and is seeking a diverse pool of applicants.
The organization also seeks volunteers, interns, and contributions of
equipment, goods, services, and funds.
The Online Policy Group has an informative web site at
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