I am a member of the following professional associations:
I joined AWIA after attending a number of Port80 events, and meeting like-minded people, so believe there ought to be standards for our industry, and want to enrich the industry as a whole. If you are in Australia and work in any industry online, then you really should check them out. They have also secured an industry-specific insurance policy, which is great news if you are an owner/operator.
I am a founding member of the Association for Internet Communication Professionals. We are a group that serves to promote Internet Communications as a profession and field of study. Helping second and third year students in the BA (Internet Communications) with job placement, educating employers and the public alike as to the far-reaching qualifications gained by the degree, and assisting in the transition from university to real-field experience are just some of our aims. We are in the early days, but already have gathered a large amount of interest from current student, alumni, faculty and field experts.
I am an affiliate member of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science. The EINS aims to strengthen scientific and technological excellence by developing an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society, and also by addressing the fragmentation of European research in this area. Its main objective is to enable an open and productive dialogue between all disciplines which study Internet systems from any technological or humanistic perspective, and which in turn are being transformed by continuous advances in Internet functionality.
I am a student member of the Association of Internet Researchers, who seek to provide those conducting or interested in research regarding Internet-related topics a platform for conducting interdisciplinary conversations. The AoIR is an academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It is a member-based support network promoting critical and scholarly Internet research independent from traditional disciplines and existing across academic borders. The association is international in scope.
I am a student member of Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA). EFA is a non-profit national organisation that has been promoting digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia since 1994. Their major objectives are to protect and promote the civil liberties of users and operators of computer based communications systems such as the Internet, to advocate the amendment of laws and regulations in Australia and elsewhere (both current and proposed) which restrict free speech and to educate the community at large about the social, political, and civil liberties issues involved in the use of computer based communications systems.