/ NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Spring 1992
APC at PrepCom 4
New APC members
New GreenNet workers
networkers from all over Africa, and providers of support from the more
technologically-developed countries, took part in a workshop earlier
this month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The purpose was to discuss future
developments of the fast-growing use of electronic mail in Africa. Many
of the participants were operators of Fido systems.
is a distributed networking system, which can run on personal computers.
Instead of spending time connected to a central "host", Fido
systems collect messages automatically during regular polls of the host,
and allow you to read and respond to them at leisure "offline".
Responses are collected and sent during the next poll of the host. Messages
are compressed into "packets" and sent using efficient error-correction.
In this way, the best use is made of difficult and expensive telecommunications
links. Over the last eighteen months, Fido has emerged as one of the
predominant technologies providing electronic networking in less developed
countries, and particularly in Africa.
are now gateways between Fido and APC networks, for both mail and conferences,
and there are several well-established Fido-based networks which are
working closely with the APC. The Toronto workshop was very successful,
covering both technical and organisational aspects and laying the foundations
for solid growth, based on the existing networks. Fido hosts connecting
to APC gateways on GreenNet and Web (Canada) are already operating in
Senegal, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia. It is expected that this will expand
to forty African countries within the next three years.
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at PrepCom 4
fourth and final Preparatory Committee Meeting (PrepCom 4) for the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, the Earth
Summit) will take place at the United Nations in New York, USA, from
March 2 to April 3, 1992. It will draw approximately 1,500 government
delegates and as many as 1,200 observers from Non Governmental Organizations
UNCED and PrepCom information, look in conferences en.unced.general,
en.unced.documents, en.unced.topic, en.unced.infox, and en.unced.news.
For dates of key events, look in en.unced.sched and en.unced.readit
Environment departments of governments of the USA, Canada, and the UK
are participating online - look in the national unced. conferences.
Also check en.climate for many specific articles.
are delighted to welcome two new members of the Association for Progressive
(Russia) and ComLink (Germany), bringing the number of full APC networks
to 10, serving over 11,000 users in 92 countries. GlasNet originated
during the Gorbachev era and is now providing a vital and exciting link
between east and west as the ex-USSR goes through dramatic and difficult
changes. Email: support@glas
is unusual among APC members in that it uses the distributed "Zerberus"
network. Although the technology is different, you can send to ComLink
just the same as for any other APC member. Email: support@comlink
Sweden now "NordNet" To better reflect its variety of users
throughout all of the Nordic region, PeaceNet Sweden has been renamed
NordNet. Email to NordNet users can still be addressed with the following
format: <user>@pns.apc.org or pns:<user>.
in Ecuador is in the process of becoming an APC member - more news as
it becomes available.
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to Manda Brookman, our new support person. Manda has been working at
the Central America Human Rights Committees, speaks Spanish and French,and
has spent some time in Latin America
Banks who is mainly looking after "GnFido" and links with
Africa. Karen continues to work half-time in her other job, at the Institute
for African Alternatives.
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