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A Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Autumn 1993

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Human Rights Vienna: June 1993
Highlights
New Support Staff at GreenNet

Human Rights Vienna: June 1993
APC@WCHR A team of staff and volunteers from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) staffed three rooms serving Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights (WCHR) in June this year. A mini APC node installed for the duration of the conference ( thanks Sun Microsystems for the computer! ) enabled participants and non-participants alike to access current documents and reports coming out of the conference. Approximately 100 human rights organizations from around the world were introduced to telecommunications for the first time. Manda coordinated a team of volunteers who gave daily multilingual support to NGO representatives and UN delegates on the use of the system. Multilingual "from scratch" training sessions were available hourly. The Communications Centre housed 25 terminals and was filled with people from 9am to 10pm every day. In addition to regular users, many people who had never used computers before came to learn and use electronic communications.
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Highlights
A woman from a human rights NGO in Sri Lanka used a computer for the first time, and became hooked. Another from Peru uploaded daily information collected from the Global Women's Tribunal and women's groups in Vienna to share with her colleagues at home and faxed articles to newspapers in Peru which would never have seen them otherwise. A man from Chile, confronted with a keyboard for the first time, typed a whole page to fax home and lived to tell the tale ( much to his astonishment ). Journalists from Zimbabwe told us they "would never have been able to do [their] job without the facilities APC offered" and on the first day APC opened for public use, the Tibetan delegation pounded out press releases, appeals and endless e-mail messages to their London office in an effort to allow the Dalai Lama access to the Conference. APC plans to have a similar presence at the 1994 Population Conference in Cairo, and the 1995 Women's Conference in Beijing.
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New Support Staff at GreenNet
Sarah Masters is taking over as the support person from Manda, who is leaving and heading for Bristol. She has a good background in international information technology, and has a particular interest in Middle Eastern affairs, having spent a considerable amount of time in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Karen has been to a conference on Asian Networking in Kuala Lumpur, and on via Australia to a workshop in California on bringing the Internet to developing countries. Better links with systems in India and the Philippines are already in place from this work.
Philip spent a week in Slovenia, working with the new node called Histria, based in Ljubljana. Histria will be of great benefit to communications inthe Balkan region.
Late August is when Sarah starts, and Philip and Viv are away at the APC meeting so we will be relying even more than usual on our part-time staff and volunteers; Brian (leaving end of August ), Ros, Ashley, Simon, Michael and Russell (thank you!).
Christine Schoenfeld from Bielefeld, Germany, will also be joining us from September as a part time intern. So, if we seem a bit stretched then, and slow give you the help you need, please bear with us. Thanks...
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