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Newsletter: Spring 2000
The Networker of the year awards for 1999/
Lobby your MP for your Internet rights.../
Server improvements speed up mail and web
Eudora Pro is available free!/
Preview your e-mail messages with Pegasus mail/
Register your domain name.../
Magazine looking for contributors
Looking for networking opportunities../
Bye Bye Angel/
Happy Birthday APC/
Everybody and welcome to the GreenNet newsletter for May 2000.
hope this finds you all in good health and fine spirits. We
would like to start off with a virus warning. A
new virus called 'NewLove-A' has been discovered and it has some similarities
with the recent 'Love Bug' virus. Like
the Love Bug, the virus spreads by mailing itself to everyone in the
Microsoft Outlook address book on the computer it has infected. It
arrives in an attachment to e-mail just like the Love Bug that spread
to millions of computers two weeks ago. However,
it is not given away by an "ILOVEYOU" subject line. Instead, the subject
line changes to the name of a file recently used on the computer it
was sent from. If
no files were recently used, it uses a random word or phrase as its
subject, preceded by the usual "FW" abbreviation for forwarded correspondence.
e-mail will have an attachment with the same name, but ending in "vbs".
please do not open .vbs attachments even if they do come from a trusted
source with a credible looking name, and make sure you are using the
most up to date definitions for your virus software. If
you do receive a .vbs attachment, check with the sender that it really
did come from them and they intended to send it or just simply delete
you cannot get infected with a virus from just downloading an infected
attachment you have to open the attachment for the virus to activiate.
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is pleased to announce that 2000s Networker of the year award goes to....
Mobbs for the Electrohippies Electronic Activism & Electronic Civil
Disobedience Website. Their
web site is all about using information and communications technology
to effect social change and applying the tactics of street campaigning
to cyberspace. The
site is designed to bring you various resources to help you expand your
skills and knowledge of activism and civil disobedience, and how these
traditional campaign tools can be developed on the 'Net. During
the last year Paul and his team have made an outstanding contribution
to civil society activism with their simple, effectively designed website,
e-mail and other useful electronic tools.
up is...The Bretton Woods Project who work to monitor and reform the
World Bank and IMF. The project tracks key policy statements and reports
and provides critiques and early warnings used by non-governmental organisations
across the world.
Wilks of the project said We use (electronic methods) to pull in people
beyond our core network...there has been a re-eruption of interest in
the World Bank and the IMF and the Internet has played a major part
in pulling in journalists to use our resources... Their Website has
a brand new report published on it which you can reach from the front
up is...The Genetics Forum. This Islington based group is the only independent
organisation in the UK concerned with the use of new genetic technologies
and their public policy implications. They
have just put a very well designed Website online which contains reports,
information, news items, urgent actions and an archive of articles from
the excellent Slice magazine.
everyone and keep up the fantastic work! We would like all of our users
to honour the featured sites with a visit.
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your MP for your Internet rights...
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill has now entered its committee
stage and is being discussed in the commons on Tuesday and Thursday.
It is unlikely that the clause defining serious crime as ...conduct
by a large number of persons in pursuit of a common purpose will be
removed unless people organise and lobby their MPs.
recently co-sponsored the Scrambling for Safety Conference , a debate
on the RIP bill. Alan Clarke MP, the minister responsible for the bill,
was questioned about the serious crime clause. Whilst he admitted that
people organising peaceful protests were not the target of the clause,
he refused to give guarantees that it would be removed from the bill.
rest of the debate comprehensively exposed the bill as ill thought out
and unworkable in many respects.
report on the Scrambling for safety conference, information about how
to lobby your MP, and links to lots of information about the Bill is
improvements speed up mail and web
promised we have installed a web accelerator and weve noticed a big
improvement in service as a result. Incoming e-mail is much quicker
and pages located on our Webserver load faster because we are making
more efficient use of our resources.
have a number of improvements and new services scheduled for introduction
this year. We still remain committed to providing the global roaming
service and have a technician working on it right now. We will be introducing
a Linux Webserver later this year running the popular and robust Apache
Webserver package. We will also be investing in major server upgrades
specifically a new mail machine to speed up incoming mail. We will announce
more specific information on these projects when they are completed.
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years after The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a Special
Session of the General Assembly entitled Women 2000: Gender Equality,
Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century will be held in New
York on 5-9 June 2000. The mandate of Beijing+5 is to review the progress
made in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and to consider
further actions and initiatives.
GreenNet Staff members will be joining the "WomenAction" team in a range
of on-site and offsite media and communication activities during the
Special Session and information will be uploaded on a daily basis to
the GreenNet hosted WomenAction website and to a range of global and
regional information sharing lists.
of the activities include production of a daily newspaper in 3 languages,
onsite internet radio broadcasts, interactive Web TV broadcasts, an
internet cafe and alternative media in a range of countries in addition
to advocating for Women's Rights to Communication with the Women and
Media Caucus. If you are interested in subscribing to one of the information
lists, would like to volunteer as an information focal point or participate
in any other way, please write to email@example.com. You can follow
the whole session on the web at
Pro is available free!
Pro, previously sold for 29.99, is now available free! It includes many
useful features including a spell checker, an improved interface, and
a powerful personalities features which enables you to download e-mail
from different Internet service providers. Other improvements include,
more powerful mailbox sorting capabilities and importing of messages
and addresses from Microsoft Outlook Express 5.
software is available for both PCs (Windows 95/98 and Macintosh (Power
PC processor, System 7.6 or above). The files are quite large 8MB for
the PC version or 5.5MB for the Mac version so expect download times
of about 45 minutes.
are required to give Qualcomm your e-mail address before you can download
the software; you can opt not to receive junk mail from them. The
only catch is the presence of a small 2x2 panel in the Eudora window
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your e-mail messages with Pegasus mail
you like the facility to preview and delete messages before downloading
them ? Pegasus mail allows you to do exactly that.
isnt the most intuitive e-mail program to configure and the interface
is not as easy to use as Eudora or Outlook so we are really recommending
this for the more technically aware of our users. Once it is up and
running you can delete unwanted messages from our server without spending
hours trying to download them.
Mac users, but there is only a PC version available at the moment.
your domain name...
service gives you the opportunity to register and store your domain
with us for future use. For .co.uk and .org.uk the cost is 58.75 for
the first two years then 58.75 annually. For .org, .com or .net domains
the cost is 82.25 for the first two years then 82.25 annually. These
charges are only for registration and storage, they do not include any
your domain is registered it is yours to keep and cannot be registered
or used by anyone else. This is particularly useful if there are a lot
of different organisations out there sharing your name!
can pay a lower registration fee by registering a domain name as part
of our organisational membership package.
more details about domain names or organisational membership speak to
Phil on 020 7713 1941.
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looking for contributors
a London listings magazine, is looking for weekly contributions on civil
society issues. They
are interested in environment, human rights and development issues and
the themes will change monthly. Interested? Contact Phil on 020 7713
for networking opportunities
to Andie Miller who has joined us for 3 months on an internship to learn
web design skills. Andie works as resource manager for the Centre for
the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Andie wants to make contact with organisations who use the web to disseminate
research to help her develop a best practice model.
Contact Andie on 020 7713 1941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
were not moving offices, GreenNets Office Angel Nicola (world wide)
Webb is leaving. We would like to thank Nicola for all her help and
hard work during her time here and wish her every success.
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guide to the Internet and e-mail:
class starts 6.30pm
May - 16th (Tues)
June - 13th (Tues)
July - 11th (Tues)
35.25 Non GN Users
23.50 GN Users
online using PGP:
Learn how to communicate with encrypted e-mail
class starts 6.30pm
June - 20th (Tues)
23.50 - GN Users
35.25 - Non GN Users
Design weekend workshops:
- 10th & 11th
July - 1st & 2nd
August - 19th & 20th
176.25 GN Users
352.50 non GN users
email@example.com for more
info and bookings
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Association for Progressive Communications (APC), of which GreenNet
is a founder member , is 10 this year, Congratulations!
anniversary gives a special significance to this years APC Council meeting
being held at Visegrad, Hungary on the 1st to 8th May. The
APC will be announcing the winner of the Betinho Communications prize.
The award, a commemoration of the inspirational life and work of Herbet
de Souza (Betinho), a visionary Brazilian social activist, is awarded
to recognise socially meaningful use of information and communication
will also be welcoming new members and the meeting will define APCs
mission and vision for the coming decade. APCs continued membership
of the Global Knowledge partnership (see last GreenNet news) will also
be under scrutiny.
the first stage of the Toolkit project is due to be unveiled. Newslisting
is a powerful software tool that enables you to publish news items on
your website using a simple form, and to automatically share news items
with other organisations. We
will give you a full report in our next newsletter.
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