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Newsletter: Spring 2004
Newsletter: A quarterly e-bulletin for our user community on strategic
uses of the Internet to promote social justice and equality. From GreenNet,
an online community for peace, the environment, civil rights and social
justice since 1986. Past issues of GreenNet Newsletter:
In the last newsletter, we asked that you help us with planning new
services, and developing exisiting ones, by filling in an online questionnaire
- thanks to the few individuals and organisations that did this...for
those of you who haven't (and that's a lot of you!), please, please
take the time to fill it in - it won't take longer than 10 minutes and
it will really help us!
the questionnaire online here:
or comments, please send to email@example.com
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Over the next few days, GreenNet will be implementing a new and currently
very effective method of enhancing the ability of the mail system to
limit the amount of spam that is delivered to your mailbox on a system
level. Currently, the method's effectiveness reaches over 95%, with
no legitimate mail ever being permanently blocked.
known as "greylisting" is based on simple observation that, while ordinary
mail system behaviour is to attempt to deliver the message repeatedly
in case of a temporary failure, most of the spam is being delivered
through special applications, which appear to adopt the "fire-and-forget"
methodology. We setup our servers to refuse the first delivery attempt,
and only accept the second and any consequent ones from the same sender
to the same recipient for a certain period of time.
the method has been designed to minimize the impact on the end users,
due to it's nature you may experience some delays in email delivery.
However, the main difference is a significant decrease of unsolicited
email in your mailbox.
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resources that were added to ItrainOnline during March that you may
and instant messaging - Step-by-step guide to getting started with instant
Brief introduction to chat and instant messaging:
Three simple introductions to blogs and where to find them -
OF BLOGS AND BLOGGERS:
AN INTRODUCTION TO WEBLOGS:
Guide to using RSS for non-technical users:
Step-by-step guide to setting up an RSS feed:
Sharing your site with RSS:
there has been little interest in the WSIS process in the UK outside
of a small number of groups who have been active through their international
networks (eg APC, AMARC, WACC), a few gender advocacy groups and those
sponsored or encouraged by the British Council to participate.
there is no discussion around UK participation in WSIS II, but there
is great interest in awareness raising, animation and mobilisation around
ICT policy, information and communication more broadly. There are three
primary sources of motivation for ongoing work in this area in the UK:
from UK based groups who have been active in WSIS (such as those noted
above); from CRIS (Communication Rights in the Information Society)
members in the UK and from UK and European groups who are advocating
for a strong Media and ICT theme in the 2004 European Social Forum to
be held in London, October 14-17th.
in this context that GreenNet has called for a series of consultation
and planning meetings. We believe that generating enthusiasm for a comprehensive
range of activities hinged around the ESF will also have 'spinoff's
in terms of re-animating interest in WSIS II and other related ICT policy
have been 2 meetings to date, following on from which, Karen Banks (GreenNet
Director), APC, submitted a concept paper for Media, Culture and Communication
to the ESF programme committee.
about the ESF:
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very excited to announce the relaunch of our UK Internet Rights site,
now fully integrated with an international network of National ICT Policy
and Internet Rights sites. The work is an activity of the Association
For Progressive Communications (APC) Communications and Information
policy programme (CIPP) funded by the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA). The new look site includes plenty of news, as well as
background to policy, legislation and how to get involved in ICT issues.
This is still in progress, with material being transferred to the new
content management system from the old site and new content being added.
Please have a look and let us know what you think, and any contributions
you would like to make, links we should add etc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
out the site at:
the revamped APC ICT policy and IR site here:
GreenNet sees a few staffing changes come into place.
Collective is sadly saying goodbye to our Finance Officer, Hattie Yannaghas
and our Coordinator, Joanne Doyle. Joanne and Hattie have worked with
us for more than 4 years now and have made a tremendous contribution
to the Collective.
be missed for their skill and comittment in all the work they've done,
for the energy and ideas they've brought to GreenNet, and for the fun
it's been working alongside them both. We wish them lots of love and
success for the new paths they're taking now.
On a happier
note, we're delighted to welcome Deepak Koirala who will take on the
position of finance officer. Deepak is a chartered accountant with many
years experience working within the NGO sector. Look out for more news
from him on billing issues shortly :)
also thrilled to be welcoming Marek Tichy - our long-time technical
consultant - back to London from Prague. Marek's background is in database
management and systems administration. He'll be working on lots of technical
innovations on the system, and developing a number of different web
projects. More news on all of those as they go live.
Macromedia Dreamweaver is fast becoming the de rigeur tool for web designers
the world over. This 2 day course will familiarise you with dreamweaver
and take you from creating a site to getting your site on-line.
is intended for those with some computer experience & 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.
courses (10.30-17.30 both days):
May: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th
June: Friday 11th and Friday 18th
July: Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th
outline available online at:
are held at our offices, Islington, London (http://www.gn.apc.org/training/where.html),
although it is possible to organise trainings at your offices if there
are 2 or more people. Further information from email@example.com
have said about the course:
'We've gone through everything that was necessary, had all the questions
answered, got help from Adrian on problems with our private sites and
graphics. Good and friendly atmosphere. Thanks!'
- Justyna Josefiak
value for money'
- Nick Orosz
very little about dreamweaver and now feel confident enough to make
a start on my site. It was all very helpful.'
- Philippa Oldmeadow, Community Media Association
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have any questions about any of the news in the edition of our newsletter,
please get in contact with us. We are happy to go through any of the
services outlined or any queries you may have.
Newsletter is edited by Joanne Doyle on behalf of the GreenNet Collective.