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Newsletter: Spring 1999
OF THE YEAR
SPEED UP SENDING MAIL!
NEW WEB DESIGN COURSE AT GREENNET
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAMPAIGNS
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
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.
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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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
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 email@example.com
for a Direct Debit form.
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.
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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Any important diary dates, events and urgent actions you want to be
featured on our Website should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
for more details and costs.
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
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
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Andy Whitmore at the GreenNet offices.
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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
Please email email@example.com if you're interested in participating.
Ecologist: www.gn.apc.org/ ecologist/SeptOct/WHSmiths.htm
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
or phone 0171 713 1941 and speak to Karen Banks.
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