• Friends and Partners: United States and Russia building community on the Global Internet

    "Friends and Partners" was designed to provide a framework of information and communications services. Therefore, the focus has been to help others develop and publish content material specific to their interests and areas of expertise. We enjoy active cooperation now with many organizations from the government sector, higher education, business and private industry, the 'third sector' and non-profit organizations, supra-governmental organizations (such as NATO) and private citizens. The challenge has been to help enable individuals from these groups become information providers and support them in their efforts - working across a wide variety of computer platforms, levels of network access, and computer/information literacy.

    Whether dealing with such weighty topics as discussion of health care, environmental clean-up, telecommunications policy, and economic theory; facilitating pen pal exchange between children; helping individuals find long lost friends and relatives; or simply better understanding how people in other cultures live, play and work, the project has demonstrated how the global information infrastructure (arising from the Internet) can foster new human relationships and partnerships. The ability to transcend geographical, cultural and political boundaries, as well as barriers of race, gender, age and handicap, unleashes a potential for understanding and cooperation that perhaps has never been possible on this scale before. The ability to promote and nurture community which transcends such boundaries can yield enormous benefits.

    Examples of these include the Center for Civil Society (a community of non-governmental organizations (NGOs)), Friends and Partners in Space (devoted to joint space activities), the FP Legal Server, the NIS Health Server, RASIN (building an economic model in Yoryevets), Global University, Alliance of Universities for Democracy, and several others. It is precisely by distributing such responsibility to these "experts" that the effort can systematically meet the needs of the various constituencies comprising the overall Friends and Partners community.

    F&P URL:


  • US-NIS On-line Projects by the Center for Civil Society International

    The Center for Civil Society International acts as an information clearinghouse for news and resources of interest to people engaged with civil society institution-building organizations in the NIS (Newly Independent States of the former USSR). CCSI disseminates information via a monthly newsletter, an electronic mailing list, and an on-line World Wide Web site.

    The categories of files CCSI has uploaded to its site include:

    CCSI has also uploaded its 1992 publication "Civil Society - USA: A Guide for Citizens of the NIS to Select American Organizations," which explains, mostly be example, the large role that associations and private voluntary organizations play in America. "Civil Society - USA" contains an essay describing the third sector in America, followed by detailed profiles of over 140 organizations, selected for their range of functions as well as their possible interest to citizens of Russia and the other countries of the NIS.

    The URL for CCSI's home page is:

  • America's Development Foundation (ADF), Alexandria, Virginia, with the Moscow Research Center for Human Rights, to establish a network of nine regional affiliate human rights organizations throughout the Russian Federation.

  • INFOMAG is non-profit, non-official, out-of-staff group organized by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. INFOMAG has a support from Russian Fund for Fundamental Investigations and from Russian Institute of Public Networks.

    All materials distributed by INFOMAG are free of charge for users.

    INFOMAG is accessible via following URL: