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Newsletter: Spring 2001
ESF funding for a training programme/
Rights (IR) workshop/
APC WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme) January
Ethical Consumer report/
Leased Line Upgrade/
Networker of the year/
Strategic Planning Phase 2/
funding for a training programme
GreenNet have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).
This funding will part-fund renovations to our training room, improve
training facilities and provide increased access to training, over a
two year period.
The project builds forth from the work of the APC WNSP (Womens Networking
Support Programme), which works to promote gender awareness in Internet
design, implementation and use. Funding means we can extend our training
programme to include women-only training sessions and trainings specially
tailored to the needs of employees of small NGOs.
We hope that it will benefit all who come to GreenNet for training!
Have a look at the training update overleaf for details of new courses.
For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights (IR) workshop
European members met in Prague from February 18 to 22 to plan a defense
of the Internet for social justice work. Workshop participants included:
lawyers, computer programmers, academics, and communications activists
mainly from East and West Europe. APC staff and members also came from
the USA, South Africa, Korea, Japan and elsewhere.
"APC is committed to giving a voice to activists and civil society groups
who want to defend the Internet as an accessible and secure communications
medium", says Karen Banks from GreenNet. Karen is the APC Europe Internet
Rights project manager. In the past, APC members and partners defended
Website content which had been threatened by unreasonable government
and commercial interests in South Korea, South Africa, the UK and Spain.
At the Prague conference, the participants discussed various strategies
to respond to these threats. Among these is a Rapid Response Network
(RRN) that would set up a technically and legally robust system to automatically
replicate threatened content across the Internet within 24 hours. Other
participants pointed out that the rapid commercialization of the Internet
and emerging global and national controls pose clear threats to what
should be a free and open communications medium.
At the conclusion of the conference, the participants reached broad
consensus that defending Internet rights is as much a defense of human
rights as it is of people's right to communicate, regardless of where
they live, social status, sex, political or religious belief.
For further information, please email: email@example.com
WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme) January workshop
women from 16 countries participated in the workshop "Building An ICT
Gender Evaluation Tool", in Manilla, January 17-21. The workshop was
held to develop a framework for integrating a gender perspective in
the evaluation of the social impacts of ICT's and build the capacity
of WNSP in ICT evaluation.
Participants discussed tools and criteria that took into consideration
the diversities of women's experiences and analyses, as well as women's
strategic gender interests and practical gender needs, when evaluating
the role and use of ICT in development projects from a gender perspective.
For more information about the APC WNSP check out: http://www.apcwomen.org
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those of you who haven't recently looked at the GreenNet home page,
GreenNet are voted ethical Internet Service Provider (ISP) "best buy"
in the United Kingdom, in a recent issue of Ethical Consumer Magasine.
Their study looked at the 10 largest UK ISPs and 2 alternative ISPs
(GreenNet and Poptel) and evaluated them on issues such as: environmental
reporting, pollution, oppressive regimes, workers' rights, and irresponsible
marketing. GreenNet scored the top rating in all categories and is voted
as the best buy, followed by Poptel and WorldOnline.
We have just doubled the capacity of our leased line, the connection
to the Internet which allows you to pick up mail, we hope you have noticed
the huge difference it has made! The line has a flexible capacity and
in the future can be easily upgraded consumate with the demand on our
service. If you have not noticed a significant difference it is worth
Please include the specification of your PC and your modem speed.
of the year
time fly ! Nominations for our annual networker of the year award have
just opened. Please read the following rules and get those nominations
'Networker of the year' is an annual award open to people and organisations
that successfully use electronic mail, mailing lists and/or web sites
to link people to information and activities in the fields of development
and social justice.
All you need to do is the following:
1. Send us the name and e-mail address of the person or organisation
you wish to nominate.
2. Write a short description of how they used networking tools, mention
which tools were use for what activity. Mention which groups and communities
participated in the process.
3. Let us know why you feel this organisation or person deserves to
be given this award.
organisation/person should be a GreenNet subscriber.
- Email nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
date for nominations is: Tuesday the 1st May 2001.
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are used to protect your computer from 'intrusions' either from hackers
or types of scanning software whilst you are online. Traditionally firewalls
were only used on computer networks, but now with numbers of home Internet
users increasing, and intrusive technologies being introduced to gather
information from PC's, there are a lot of home firewall products available.
Zone alarm is a basic personal firewall and is available free for personal
and non-profit use. It allow you to set up alarms for certain internet
traffic patterns and a variety of security levels whilst you are online.
We don't recommend it for beginners but the hobbyists and security concious
among you will find it useful. You'll be suprised at what you see. Download
Planning Phase 2
are going to complete phase 2 of our strategic planning on Monday 26th
and Tuesday 27th March During these two days the office will be staffed,
but we will only be responding to messages at intervals throughout the
day. You can input to this 2nd phase. We would really encourage you
to fill in the on-line questionnaire at: www.gn.apc.org/services/question
This feedback from you will guide us in planning our activities for
the next year, and enable us to to benefit you in your work as fully
big thank you to everyone for being patient with the billing situation
over the last few months. This is the first of the new billing regime.
I am aware that there may well be errors or unclear invoices. Please
do not hesitate to call and I will endeavour to resolve all issues as
quick as possible and it should all be plain sailing from now on.
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For those of you who like to keep your weekends free, the March Web
design training course is on Thursday and Friday, the 29th and 30th,
from 10.30 till 17.30 over both days. Weekend trainings are: April the
28th, 29th and May 26th, 27th, from 11.00 till 18.00.
Dreamweaver training will begin from April onwards. Please get in touch
with Joanne for further details.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)
A new course developed in response to your concerns about privacy on
the Internet and in on-line communications. You will learn how to send
and receive encrypted documents and emails. Trainings are the second
Tuesday of every month, from 18.30 - 21.00. Next training is the 13th
Suited to beginners and other users who would like to become more proficient
in using the Internet and email, this course runs on the first Tuesday
of every month. The next training is the 17th March at 18.30.
In the very near future we intend to modularise the e-mail and Internet
course and offer them as separate courses. This will give you the choice
to take 'Using the Internet' and 'Using e-mail' separately, or together
as part of an Internet foundation course. Preliminary course outlines
are available for this course from Joanne, email: email@example.com
for other courses, course outlines, costs and how to book can be found
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have cause to have countless dealings with people in the service sector
and the service that I have been given by Miss Liz Probert has been
exemplary. Her cheery professionalism reflects extremely well on (GreenNet)
and the service that it is endeavouriing to provide" - Mark Jones from
Feed the Minds to GreenNet support.
Its good to know we are appreciated!
Probert, our Web Administrator and user support, is going on maternity
leave from April 15th for 6 months. Her work will be covered by Phil,
Janet and Chris. Best of luck Liz!
Congratulations and all our love to Anna Feldman, GreenNet web editor
for the birth of a baby girl, Maya, at 5.15 am on 5th March. Anna is
on maternity leave until July.
to Linh our volunteer Finance worker. Linh has been with us since January.
Thanks Linh for all of your hard work!
Janet Chapman, our star support volunteer, will be taking up a part
time paid position with GreenNet as user support worker from April for
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