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GreenNet Newsletter: Spring 2004

Contents:
GreenNet Services/
Support News/
Online Resources/
WSIS UK/
Internet Rights/
GreenNet Staff/
GreenNet Training/

GreenNet 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:
--> http://www.gn.apc.org/news/newsletter/

GreenNet Services

SERVICES QUESTIONNAIRE
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!

Fill in the questionnaire online here:
http://www.gn.apc.org/services/questionnaire.shtml

Any questions or comments, please send to wwwadmin@gn.apc.org

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Support News

COMBATTING SPAM
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.

The method 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.

Although 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.

Further reading: http://projects.puremagic.com/greylisting/

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Online Resources

A few resources that were added to ItrainOnline during March that you may find interesting:

1. Chat and instant messaging - Step-by-step guide to getting started with instant messaging:
--> www.bigblueball.com/IM/step-1.asp
Brief introduction to chat and instant messaging:
--> www.techsoup.org/howto/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=122&topicid=5

2. Blogging Three simple introductions to blogs and where to find them -
OF BLOGS AND BLOGGERS:
--> www.learnthenet.com/english/html/82blog.htm
BLOGGING:
--> www.austinfree.net/curricula/blogging_curriculum.html
AN INTRODUCTION TO WEBLOGS:
--> www.techsoup.org/howto/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=439&cg=searchterms&sg=blog

3. RSS Guide to using RSS for non-technical users:
--> www.faganfinder.com/search/rss.shtml
Step-by-step guide to setting up an RSS feed:
--> http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/website/view.cgi?dbs=Article&key=1059503386
Sharing your site with RSS:
--> http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/03/17/index3a.html

WSIS UK

In general, 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.

Currently, 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.

It is 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 processes.

There 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.

Information about the ESF:
--> http://www.esf2004.net

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Internet Rights

We are 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: ir@gn.apc.org

Check out the site at:
--> http://www.internetrights.org.uk

Visit the revamped APC ICT policy and IR site here:
--> http://www.apc.org/english/rights/index.shtml

GreenNet Staff

In May, GreenNet sees a few staffing changes come into place.

The GreenNet 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.

They'll 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 :)

We're 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.

GreenNet Training

WEB DESIGN USING DREAMWEAVER
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.

The course 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.

Upcoming 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

Full course outline available online at:
--> http://www.gn.apc.org/training/web.html#dream

Trainings 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 adrian@gn.apc.org

What people 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

'Excellent value for money'
- Nick Orosz

'I knew 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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If you 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.

The GreenNet Newsletter is edited by Joanne Doyle on behalf of the GreenNet Collective.

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