The GreenNet story
begins wayback when in ...
- GN established with the objective: "To provide to the
Green Movement in the widest sense the sort of communications
capability normally available only to the government, military
- agreement with Earthlife (an environmental charity) that GN
becomes its non-profit subsiduary and
a letter of recommendation from GreenNet which helped bring other
- main function of GN: network for electronic mail.
- 2 full-time staff: Mitra (the founder of GreenNet) and Geoff
- collaboration with other countries: USA (PeaceNet), Germany
(APOC), Canada (AlterNet), developing countries.
- GreenNet users: e.g. Greenpeace, New Internationalist magazine,
Survival International, International Youth Exchange, Amnesty
International, Friends of the Earth.
- services included all the services of GeoNet (an international
network of mailbox hosts): i.e. electronic mail and telex; access
to conferencing; bulletin board facilities and access to over
50 databases and consultancy.
- GN is funded by donations from its users and by joint projects
with other groups
- GreenNet moved in to Underwood Street with FoE and provided
many services to non-profits, including what we believe was
the first internet-cafe in London where you could pay an hourly
fee to access online resources.
- A grant from The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) was
given to GreenNet specifically to expand our reach to the Peace
movement, in recognition that supporting GreenNet was the best
way to support their other grantees.
- The first transatlantic computer link up for information exchange
outside of the military takes place between IGC (then known
as PeaceNet/Econet) in the US and GreenNet in the UK.
- Winter 1987: The United Nations University for Peace Global
Computer Network (UPGCN) was inaugurated in a special two hour
television programme shown nationwide across the US on Christmas
Day, featuring representatives from Greenpeace, Amnesty International,
Survival International, GN and PeaceNet, Peter Gabriel and Steve
van Zandt held a concert to raise money for a worldwide network
for peace and decided to work with GN. Other musicians included:
Howard Jones, Lou Reed and Jackson Brown.
- The launch of the Musicians for Peace UPGCN benefit concert
video, "Hurricane Irene", released on Virgin Video
and screened in England on ITV, was dedicated to GreenNet.
- Discussions began around the idea of an international network
and the name Association for Progressive Communications or APC
was thought up.
- APC founded by IGC (USA), GreenNet (UK), NordNet (Sweden),
Web Networks (Canada), IBASE (Brazil), Nicarao/CRIES (Nicaragua),
and Pegasus (Australia)
- GNFido gateway established at GN providing the first means
of exchanging email between email hosts in Africa and the rest
of the world. By 1994, GNFido provided Internet gateway services
to over 50 small email hosts in Africa, Asia and Central and
- Earth Summit (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro: providing communications
services during the conference - GN was involved as a member
of the APC.
- GN/Antenna, encouraged by Jagdish Parikh, established ‘Asialink’
project providing start up funding and technical support to
small hosts in Asia working with social movements in their countries.
- In June a team of staff and volunteers from the APC (including
from GN) attended the United Nations World Conference on Human
Rights in Vienna working to enable participants and non-participants
alike to access current documents and reports coming out of
- GN attended the
Fourth UN World Conference on Women in Beijing and
formed part of a multilingual, multicultural team of 40 women
from all regions of the world who staffed and maintained the
communications centres of the conference.
- GN campaign against the Regulation of Investigatory Powers
- Dec: GN co-sponsored the Big Brother Awards (Privacy International’s
Third Annual UK Awards)
- Dec 00/Jan 01: GreenNet Voted
From the Ethical
Consumer magazine Dec
00/Jan 01 issue: EC selected the 10 largest UK ISPs and 2 alternative
ISPs (GreenNet and Poptel) to highlight ISP performance looking
at: environmental reporting, pollution, nuclear power, animal
testing, factory farming, other animal rights, oppressive regimes,
workers' rights, irresponsible marketing, armaments, genetic
engineering, boycott call.
"GreenNet scored top rating in all categories and is voted as
the best buy, followed by Poptel and WorldOnline."