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A Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Spring 1992

Contents:

Networking in Africa
APC at PrepCom 4
New APC members
New GreenNet workers

Networking in Africa
Electronic 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.
Fido 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.
There 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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APC at PrepCom 4
The 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 (NGOs).
For 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.

New APC members
We are delighted to welcome two new members of the Association for Progressive Communications.
GlasNet (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
ComLink 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
PeaceNet 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>.
Ecuanex in Ecuador is in the process of becoming an APC member - more news as it becomes available.
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New GreenNet workers
Welcome 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
Karen 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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