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GreenNet Newsletter: Spring 1999

Contents:

NETWORKER OF THE YEAR
SPEED UP SENDING MAIL!
SORRY......
DIRECT DEBIT
LATE OPENING
VIRUSES
ACT NOW
NEW WEB DESIGN COURSE AT GREENNET
FREE SERVICES
QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAMPAIGNS
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

NETWORKER OF THE YEAR
Point your browsers to: www.blink.org.uk and take a look at the winning website for GreenNets Networker of the year award for 1998-1999. Blink were considered to be a model of excellence of how to network on-line and completely fulfilled the criteria we set. The site is an up to the minute resource of every kind of information imaginable for and about the black community, including human rights, media, arts and culture. GreenNet have made an award of some free webspace to help accomodate this outstanding website.
There are two runners up who both deserve an honorary mention. Firstly, Paul Mobbs whose Free Range Environmental Activism website www.gn.apc.org/pmhp uses a low tech design approach to ensure everyone can access his resources for activists particlarly those involved in environmental issues.
The second is Franco Spoltore the webmaster of www.euraction.org the website of the Young European Federalist Campaign for a European constitution. Another outstanding contribution. Well Done.

SPEED UP SENDING MAIL!
GreenNet have acquired the use of a new mail relay which should speed up sending your email. The service will be available from 4-5-99. To use it you will need to make a few simple changes to your email program. Full details will be available from www.gn.apc.org/support or phone support on 0171 713 1941. For the more technically confident out there, it involves changing the setting of your SMTP server in your email program from mail.gn.apc.org to smtp.dial.pipex.com.
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SORRY......
We'd like to apologise to all of users for the problems they had sending and receiving mail on April 21, 22, 26 & 27. We installed some upgrades to our system that impeded rather than improved performance. The problems have now been fixed permanently. Sorry again

DIRECT DEBIT
We should shortly be finishing negotiations to allow you to pay your GreenNet subscription via Direct Debit. In the meantime we can still automatically debit from all major credit cards Visa, Amex & Mastercard (but we cannot accept switch). Eventually we would like to switch all of our users over to these payment methods. Drop a line to admin@gn.apc.org for a Direct Debit form.

LATE OPENING
For a trial period of two months starting on Wednesday May 5th support will be open every Wednesday night until 9pm. Phone 0171 713 1941, if it is well used we will continue it.

VIRUSES
There are some particularly nasty viruses around at the moment. The Melissa virus, which is transferrd by email attachments and infects Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook is expected to spawn many more destructive variants in the coming months. So be extra careful with email attachments, if you receive one that youre not sure about contact GreenNet immediately. The Chernobyl virus, also known as W32.CIH, is both prolific and extremley destructive. It activates on the 26th of the month and will destroy the data on your hard drive if it is not disenfected quickly. The latest version of Dr Solomons anti virus offers complete protection. Take a look at www.drsolomons.com or at GreenNets support pages www.gn.apc.org/support for links and info about viruses and virus hoaxes.
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ACT NOW
Any important diary dates, events and urgent actions you want to be featured on our Website should be mailed to actnow@gn.apc.org.

NEW WEB DESIGN COURSE AT GREENNET
The first Web design II workshop is taking place on 22-23 May future dates are available on request. Building on the Introduction to Webdesign, the course covers using frames, an introduction to using Java script, animated Gifs, using forms and CGI. Contact adrian@gn.apc.org for more details and costs.

FREE SERVICES
GreeNet are looking for organisations who are interested in swapping things like advertising space for free services here. If you have a publication we can advertise in, or any mutually beneficial ideas, contact billing@gn.apc.org.

QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
Thanks to all of you who visited our questionnaire on the web site (and many others who sent extra comments to us). All very much appreciated and it made for interesting reading.
Some of you pointed out it was too long and couched in too technical language - apologies, we'll make sure we rectify this in future. We've summarised some of the findings and we hope to be able to make them available on our website soon. Rest assured we'll be working on the new services.
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VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES
GreenNet needs you! We have recently been reorganising the office and how we work, to ensure that more of that work is done by volunteers. This has led to a number of (we hope!) interesting volunteering opportunities becoming available.
The tasks and the amount of time or skills required vary greatly - from taking responsibility for whole areas of our work to simply a bit of filing. We need people with skills in writing and editing, programming and technical areas, press, fundraising and market research, or just general administrative skills.
Training will be provided where necessary, although for some posts a good knowledge of the area of expertise will be required. For a full volunteer job list and a list of the benefits and requirements please send an e-mail to jobs@gn.apc.org or phone Andy Whitmore at the GreenNet offices.
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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAMPAIGNS
During the past year, GreenNet has been involved in several situations where the rights of individuals and organisations to speak freely, using the Internet, about issues of public concern have been threatened.
You may remember the 'BiWater' Affair (GreenNet News Spring '98); The Ecologist Magazine struggle to have their Monsanto Issue distributed by WH Smith (GreenNet News Nov 98); most recently, a High Court Judge ruling against Demon Internet has given more weight to the ease with which ISP's can be held liable for the content on their servers.
GreenNet, along with the Policy Awareness Programme of the APC (our international network) and representatives of Labournet, are developing a project aimed at raising awareness about a range of issues which potentially threaten Internet Freedom. To contribute towards the work, GreenNet will be holding an Online Forum (using IRC Chat software on our WebBoard) on June 16th, 1999, to discuss these issues and look at key lobbying and action points. We want to hear from you, what your thoughts are on these issues. The Forum will be like an ordinary meeting, background papers will be presented, specialists in certain areas will be participating etc.
Please email karenb@gn.apc.org if you're interested in participating.

Useful URLS:
Ecologist: www.gn.apc.org/ ecologist/SeptOct/WHSmiths.htm
Biwater: www.labournet.org/biwater/index.html
APC: www.apc.org/english/cpa.html
Other:
www.labournet.org/1999/Feb/rtce.html
www.labournet.org/1999/Feb/netwar.html
www.labournet.org/csa/fs/index.html
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
There is plenty happening at GreenNet with regard to project work. We are getting together with some key partners to float projects over specific sectors that we work in (e.g. peace, renewable energy, refugees, women) to look at how we can raise funds to help those specific sectors. The idea is that we can raise a global sum to cover both individual consultancy work at offices that are under utilising their computers to get their message across, and also work at a sector wide level to get groups communicating with each other and the public at large. This will involve the latest communication tools and sector specific training. It is a way of getting the best deal for groups that otherwise couldn't afford it. If you want more information please send an e-mail to get@gn.apc.org.
As part of this project we are already a long way towards getting a deal on a cheap, but replicable "Internet-in-a-box" solution for organisational Local Area Networks (LANs). If you may be interested in this or other areas of LAN consultancy please contact support@gn.apc.org or phone 0171 713 1941 and speak to Karen Banks.
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