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Newsletter: Autumn 2002
Web Site Design/
Changes at GreenNet
Fixed Rate Internet Access (FRIACO)*
GreenNet introduced Friaco as an optional add-on service to your current
membership in September. We are undertaking this for a trial period
of 6 months for £14.00 plus VAT per month. The user to port ratio
(contention ratio) is 6:1 with 100 hours access per month. This is a
good quality connection - our aim (as always) is to provide you with
a high quality service and support. If you are not sure you would benefit,
we suggest looking to your phone bill. If your quarterly phone bill
for dialup is between £50 and £100 you would certainly benefit.
For those of you whose bill for dial-up exceeds £100 per quarter,
we suggest you consider ADSL/broadband (GreenNet does not currently
resell these services).
For further information and the application form please follow
this link (and click on 'Friaco application form').
service does not work with NTL
GreenNet staff have extensive experience working alongside individuals,
organisations, NGO's, campaigning groups and charities. We are always
available to discuss projects and we welcome proposal requests, tenders
and project briefs for websites of any size. If you would like to organise
a meeting, please contact Anna
You can look
at various options and sites we have designed here.
Easy to use, dynamic websites
ActionApps is a database tool that allows easy publishing of online
content. Publish content on your website in less time with less hassle
and with better results, using ActionApps - a brilliant, affordable
web management tool. ActionApps cuts out the time and effort that lies
between writing your content and getting it online. Have a look at some
of the sites that are already benefitting from ActionApps' dynamic content
designed using ActionApps
We have recently worked on a major project developing the Electronic
Immigration Network (EIN) site:
October 18th marked the completion of a 10 month long project at GreenNet
to re-fit the Electronic Immigration Network's website. It was launched
at a ceremony at the Law Society. The site is now being powered at every
level by ActionApps. This allows for content from 6 complex databases
of legal material (legislation, case law reports, country reports, online
legal resources, a calendar, job vacancies) to dynamically update the
site. The 16,000 documents which have been added so far are all retrieveable
using a key-word activated search. Subscribers to the site are also
able to avoid information overload with an amazing bundle-maker. This
facility allows users to browse through the site, filing documents or
excerpts from them, in personal bundles. The site has become a crucial
resource for anyone working in the field of immigration. Not surprisingly
its new improved functionality is well received by users. This has been
a major project for us at GreenNet. Thanks to EIN for supporting GreenNet
and our commitment to Open Source software. We would also like to highlight
the wonderful work of Marek and Anna at GreenNet and thank them for
their dedication and commitment to the project!
site just completed is: IFI Watchers
The IFI Watchers Network connects organisations worldwide which are
monitoring international financial institutions such as the
World Bank and International Monetary
Fund. This site has been developed using Action Applications to
create a database driven calendar. This means that groups from around
the world can use a form to post information on events relevant to others
working in the same field. Bretton
Woods Project is leading the development of the calendar, but intends
it to be a global resource updated and used by many diverse groups around
the world. The idea grew out of the realisation that organisations watching
the international financial institutions world-wide needed to focus
on the way they worked as much as on what they worked on. While the
calendar served as a concrete first step, the evolving network might
eventually be used to share FAQs, newslinks, resources, meeting notes,
and contacts as well as to coordinate and strategize collectively. Accessibility
issues are of paramount importance: The network hopes to provide a platform
for groups which do not have their own website as well as provide content
to groups who have their own site but lack the resources to keep it
fresh. By using the Action Applications the calendar can be updated
from anywhere using a web interface. The resulting calendar will eventually
be dynamically displayed on many of those organisations' websites, enabling
them to share the content effectively. It is already being displayed
on the Bretton
Woods Project site. For more information on IFIwatchnet contact
GreenNet about ActionApps - If you are interested in seeing how a simple
ActionApps page can fit into your website, call us on 0845 0554011 or
via email, and we can set up
a trial page for you to try out (with no obligation to buy).
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If you missed the messages we sent out, or have not noticed any changes
to your incoming emails, a new tool has been activated at GreenNet!
This tool works by adding *****SPAM***** to the beginning of the subject
lines of all Spam messages, before they get dropped into your mailbox.
You will then be able to easily identify and delete the unwanted mail
either manually, or by setting up filters in your email programme (details
here on how to set up filtering). The tool is not completely foolproof
- e.g. mistakes can be made with mailing list messages - and so the
tool re-labels your Spam messages, rather than deleting them from the
server. It relies on mechanically identifying messages as Spam according
to a rigid set of rules. Without the benefit of human judgement, it
can make mistakes, so we do recommend you double-check the senders of
any messages with a Spam label, before deleting them.
If you have any queries, please email
Virus show down
Thanks to GreenNet's technical team, we were able to block a major outbreak
of the bugbear virus/worm amongst our members at the end of August.
We received an alert from the continent indicating that bugbear would
soon reach the UK and so were able to put a filter in place to stop
most of it.
All major AntiVirus programmes are capable of detecting BugBear. If
you have not updated your AntiVirus programme's virus definitions for
a while then doing it now might be a good idea. Read
more information on the BugBear virus here and
information on latest viruses here.
WNSP (Women's Networking Support Programme)
APC Women participated at the Ninth International Forum for the Association
for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). With some 1,300 participants
attending from 105 countries around the globe, the Forum which was held
in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 3-6 focused on one of the most urgent
issues facing gender equality work: How can we reinvent globalisation
to further the rights of all women?
APC's WNSP held three workshops on the Gender
Evaluation Methodology (GEM) which is currently being tested by
groups working with technology for social justice around the world.
Two workshops were held in English and one in Spanish. Other presentations
included a panel on the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS), a women's networking workshop
facilitated by WNSP members from Mexico and South Africa, and participation
in a panel looking at strategies to resist dominant communication industry
trends. As usual, the WSNP also pitched in to help run the onsite cyber
Women's Networking Support Programme GEM initiative (Gender and ICT
Evaluation Methodologies) is well underway in its regional testing
process. Workshops have already been held in Cuernavaca, Mexico and
Manila, Philippines with our third planned for Zanzibar, November 19-24th.
16 testing partners are working with the GEM team to incorporate gender
accountability into their ICT Initiatives and programmes, with 15 or
so more planned for ongoing testing between now and September 2003.
A CEE GEM project has been recently launched and there are also plans
to develop GEM modules for Francophone world, Arab world, and are exploring
the possibilities of developing a module for the UK and Western Europe.
If you are interested in participating in the GEM UK phase please contact
us (we are currently investigating funding opportunities).
Citizenship in the Information Society: APC
CIPP (Communication Information Policy Programme) and the APC WNSP
at the Global Communities Networking Partnership Congress (GCNP).
Over 350 community networkers, activists and academics attended the
third GCNP Congress in Montreal, Canada, Oct 7-14th. The agenda
dealt with issues ranging from the future of community networking to
the promotion of online cultural diversity and pluralism to building
citizenship in the 'Information Society'. APC co-coordinated the Internet
Rights Theme with the GCNP organisers. The Internet Rights theme events
were all well attended, with APC CIPP/WNSP staff and APC Members presenting
in over 10 plenaries, workshops and training sessions. The GCNP congress
finished with a half day session focussing on the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) process, where APC's plans for supporting
Civil Society organising and strategising around WSIS were well received
by conference delegates.
upcoming Trainings… Web design using dreamweaver
The December date for GreenNet's web design using dreamweaver training
is 3rd and 10th of December, 2 consecutive Tuesdays. The training is
from 10.30-17.30 both days.
This is a change of date to what was previously advertisted. We have
found that it is useful for trainees to have a break between training
dates as it is a very practical course, the break enables you to spend
time working with what you have learned and the chance to come back
about Web design using dreamweaver... The course is intended for
those with some computer experience and includes practical hands-on
project work. By the end of the course you will; understand the principles
of the World Wide Web; have a practical understanding of how to build,
update and publish a web site using Dreamweaver; understand the key
principles of web design & site promotion. We try to organise training
times that will suit our users so if you would like to organise a weekend
training or suggest alternative dates (we occasionally run the training
as a six session evening class), please contact Joanne on 0845 0554011,
or via email.
in GreenNet staff
We are sadly having to say goodbye to Anna Feldman, GreenNet Web Projects
Developer. Anna is leaving GreenNet the first week of December to go
on to Adis Ababa, Ethiopia. There she hopes to continue her work with
the APC, providing and developing web-related training sessions for
small NGO's. Anna has been an asset to the GreenNet collective, being
a driving force in taking forward the development of, and training in
using ActionApps for both GreenNet members and the wider APC community.
We wish Anna and her family every happiness on their adventure.
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