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GreenNet Newsletter: Spring 2001

Contents:

Project News:
ESF funding for a training programme/
Internet Rights (IR) workshop/
APC WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme) January workshop/
Ethical Consumer report/
Leased Line Upgrade/
Networker of the year/
Personal Firewalls/
Strategic Planning Phase 2/
Billing/
Training update/
Exemplary Support/
Babies/
New Faces/

Project News
ESF 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: coord@gn.apc.org

Internet Rights (IR) workshop
APC 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: ir@gn.apc.org

APC WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme) January workshop
35 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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Ethical Consumer report
For 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.

Leased Line Upgrade
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 contacting: support@gn.apc.org. Please include the specification of your PC and your modem speed.

Networker of the year
Doesn't time fly ! Nominations for our annual networker of the year award have just opened. Please read the following rules and get those nominations coming in.
'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.
Criteria:
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The organisation/person should be a GreenNet subscriber.
- Email nominations to: support@gn.apc.org
Closing date for nominations is: Tuesday the 1st May 2001.
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Personal Firewalls
Firewalls 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 from: http://www.zonelabs.com

Strategic Planning Phase 2
We 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 as possible.

Billing
A 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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Training update
Web Design HTML
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.

***New***
Dreamweaver training will begin from April onwards. Please get in touch with Joanne for further details.

Using 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 March.

Email and Internet
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.

***New***
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: coord@gn.apc.org

Details for other courses, course outlines, costs and how to book can be found at: http://www.gn.apc.org/training.
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Exemplary Support
"I 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!

Babies
Liz 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.

New Faces
Welcome 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 six months.
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