Information about EFN
EFN was founded by one of the greatest Internet enthusiasts in Norway,
Micha Reisel, Managing director of the Municipal Reporter, in May
1994. He suggested a discussion list for Information Politics and
legal rights in Cyberspace, after model of Electronic Frontier
Foundation. Several people joined in, and the list grew steadily.
About 180 people is now on the list (feb. 1995).
The list discussed mostly legal rights and the low level of Internet
awareness and knowledge in Norwegian politics. The discussion
reflected, and still reflects, that most of the members are students
or faculty in academic institutions.
Throughout the summer of 1994 Norwegian media started to discuss
Internet and to some degree information infrastructure. By the Fall
of 1994 Internet was "on everybodys lips", and every newspaper had at
least some pages about Internet and the Information Superhighway.
EFN as a formal organization
The discussion list soon discovered that, even though it had a lot to
say to Norwegian media, it had no way to reach a sufficent consensus
online as a basis for public statements. This started a discussion
about the formal stucture of EFN. An Interim Board was given the task
to organize a General Assembly and establish a formal structure for
The formal foundation of EFN took place on January 19, 1995. The first
General Assembly occured on February 9, at 7:30 PM at the
Department of Computer Science, University of Oslo. A board was elected
and EFN is now slowly emerging as a factor in the political discussion on
Information Politics in Norway.
Created January 7, 1995. Last updated April 27, 1995 by