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The DOT-COM Alliance, made up of staff from Internews Network, the Academy of Educational Development (AED), and the Education Development Center (EDC), is responsible for this site. All material on this web site from the various DOT-COM Alliance members and resource partners is subject to the following terms and conditions. In addition, the members of the DOT-COM Alliance may have additional terms and conditions that govern the use of their material.

Disclaimer Concerning the DOT-COM Alliance Web Site
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance Web Site is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Energy and Information Technology (EGAT/EIT/IT), Office of Education and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers:

GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV (led by Internews);
GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG (led by AED);
GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU (led by EDC).

This web site was developed by AED. The opinions expressed herein are those of AED and/or the DOT-COM Alliance and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information on the DOT-COM Alliance web site. However, neither DOT-COM Alliance nor AED can guarantee freedom from errors. Therefore, neither the DOT-COM Alliance, nor AED nor their employees make any warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to this information, nor do they assume any legal responsibility for it or its use.

Disclaimer Concerning Third Party Links
This site contains links to third party web sites. These external links are provided for users' convenience. AED and/or the DOT-COM Alliance neither control nor guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Further, the inclusion of links to other web sites is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed or services offered on them or the organizations sponsoring them by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise.

Disclaimer Concerning Mailing Lists and Email Tools
The DOT-COM Alliance web site contains a mailing list and "email this link" tools. Users must agree to use the communication forums only to send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the DOT-COM Alliance and/or ICT for Development. When using these tools, users shall not do any of the following:
Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information.
Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests, or chain letters.
Download any file posted by another user that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

Emails sent through the DOT-COM Website are considered the property of DOT-COM alliance and as such are public and not private communications. All emails are logged and are used by DOT-COM to understand its users better and how they use the information found on the site. Emails are also logged for security purposes.

These emails and other communications by other users are not endorsed by the DOT-COM Alliance, and such communications shall not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by the DOT-COM Alliance.

Privacy Statement
Your privacy is important to us. Because we gather certain types of information about the users of the DOT-COM Alliance web site and services, we want to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. We do not collect personal information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide this information to us; for example, when you subscribe to our subscription list, register to gain access to a document, or send an email through our web site. However, we collect and store certain information automatically in order to evaluate and improve our web site over time.

Subscription to the Dissemination List
The DOT-COM Alliance maintains a mailing list for disseminiation of news about the DOT-COM Alliance. Subscription to this list is free and open to the public. You can subscribe (and unsubscribe) at any time by visiting the home page of the web site or of DOT-COMents newsletter, filling in the email address where current information is sent and clicking on subscribe. You can also send a message to and request to be subscribed or unsubscribed. A confirmation of your request to subscribe is sent to your email address to avoid unwanted subscriptions.

The DOT-COM Alliance will also from time to time subscribe individuals automatically based on their direct requests or their relationship with DOT-COM. The DOT-COM Alliance will never sell, lend, share, or give your email address to any party outside of the DOT-COM Alliance or the United States Agency for International Development.

Subscription to the GKD/DOT-COM Dissemination List
The DOT-COM Alliance, through its partner EDC, periodically holds online discussions on the Global Knowledge Discussion List (GKD), managed by EDC. Please visit EDC's GKD web site for information on its privacy policies.

Neither AED nor Internews Network control nor guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any information on the GKD discussion list.

If You Use The "Email This Page" Tool
You may choose to use our web site to email pages (such as newsletter articles and digital postcards) to other people. We keep copies of all emails being sent this way and are reviewed periodically by internal staff both for security and user information. If you have a question or problem with an email sent to you using the DOT-COM web site, do not hesitate to contact us at

WE DO NOT share those emails (including addresses) with non-DOT-COM staff, nor do we add these email addresses to our subscription list.

Emails sent through our website are not endorsed by the DOT-COM Alliance, AED or its partners nor USAID. Such communications shall not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by the DOT-COM Alliance, AED or its partners nor USAID.

Registration pages
From time to time, we offer access to certain documents (such as requests for proposals) to users once they have registered their name and contact information with DOT-COM. This information is used by DOT-COM to track who is accessing these documents and possibly follow up with additional information. DOT-COM does not share this information with non-DOT-COM staff unless explicitly stated otherwise (generally when shared, it is with related partners and USAID mission staff). The registration process involves placing a cookie on your computer authorizing you to access the document in question. All downloads are logged by username and date. It is unauthorized for users to register with DOT-COM, obtain a username/password and then share that username/password with other users with the intention of circumventing the registration process. It is also unauthorized to share the downloaded document with other users who have not registered with the DOT-COM Alliance. There may be other restrictions related to the specific document.

What We Collect and Store Automatically
Name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, "," if you use an America Online account, or "," if you connect from Princeton University's domain);
- Date and time you access our site; and
- IP Address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site.

For DOT-COM resource partners and secretariat members and those registering for access to certain sections of the site, the DOT-COM Alliance web site sets a cookie on your computer as part of the login security process. A cookie is a small bit of code stored on your hard drive that enables you to manage your subscriptions and online profile. This cookie is destroyed when you close the brower.

If You Send Us E-mail
You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. If we do not know the answer to your question, we may need to forward your e-mail to other persons who may be better able to help you.

Terms to Know
Cookie: A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. Each web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Once the user has closed the browser, the cookie is either:
  • made inactive until your browser visits the web site again; or
  • destroyed.
The DOT-COM Web site destroys all cookies it places on your machine when you close the browser or you log out.

IP Address: When your web browser or email application requests a web page or email from another computer on the Internet, it automatically gives that computer the address where it should send the information. This is called your computer's "IP address." (IP stands for "Internet protocol.") For many users accessing the Internet from a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP), the IP address will be different every time you log on. The DOT-COM Alliance does this to learn about the geographical make-up of its web site traffic.

For more information, contact the DOT-COM Secretariat:

Accessibility Statement
The Academy for Educational Development strives to make the DOT-COM Alliance web site fully accessible to users with disabilities, in accordance with section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act. If you experience any difficulties with accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact our webmaster at .

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