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GreenNet Newsletter: Summer 2001

Contents:

Project News:
GreenNet Civil Society Internet Rights (CSIR)
APC WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme)
GreenNet Services:
Web services
Support and Software
Scam warning
New browsers on the block
Thank you: Sun Microsystems
Service status page on our website
GreenNet Action and Campaigns
Jobs and Volunteering
Questions answered
Advertise your training courses to the GreenNet community
Women’s training
Training update
GET IT centre at the GreenNet offices
Events
Changes at the GreenNet office

Project News:
GreenNet Civil Society Internet Rights (CSIR)
Project GreenNet has received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) to continue its work on Civil Society Internet Rights (CSIR) in the UK. Meanwhile, work has been ongoing within the APC. You can find out more at the APC Europe Internet Rights project site: www.apc.org/english/rights
GreenNet CSIR project information will be shortly updated, so keep an eye out for developments at our website: www.gn.apc.org/action
If you have anything you would like to contribute, or would simply like to be kept informed about the project, email: ir@gn.apc.org.

APC WNSP (Womens Networking Support Programme)
The APC WNSP, coordinated by Karen at GreenNet, have recently published their Toolkit for Electronic Networking. The toolkit comprises three books, entitled: Putting Beijing Online; Networking for Change; Acting Locally, Connecting Globally.
To order copies, priced £10 for the set, contact karenb@gn.apc.org. For more information about the APC WNSP check out: www.apcwomen.org/netsupport/sync/sync.html.
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GreenNet Services:
Web services
If you don’t have the resources to update your website, ask us to do it for you. From updating simple pages to helping you to use your web site more strategically and build an audience using interactive online publishing tools, contact: coord@gn.apc.org. Developed by the APC, GreenNet offers ‘APC Action Apps’. If you would like to find out more about these online publishing tools look at: www.apc.org/actionapps/english/general/index.html. On this site you can test the Action Applications and see how you can use them to meet the needs of your organisation or campaigns.

Support and Software
We now have only 4 dial up numbers for Internet connection:
0845 0795056 all modems
0845 0885056 all modems
0845 0885128 ISDN 64k
0845 0795080 ISDN dual channel*
Some of you may still be using older numbers: 0845 088 5336 and 0845 088 5776. These will need to be changed. Don’t panic though, these numbers do not expire immediately. If you want to check or change your dial up number please call support: 0845 055 4011.
*We are pleased to be able to offer dual channel 128k ISDN access now, but please note that calls the the 128k number are charged at double rates.
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Scam warning
If you get an email about a business proposal to release millions of $US from a fund in Nigeria, please ignore it. It is an electronic manifestation of a long running scam but this time it tries to appeal to our better nature by referring to ‘A Task Force on Oil Spillage Clean-up‘. You would be suprised at how many people fall for this every year and have their bank accounts cleaned out.

New browsers on the block
Netscape 6 or Not?

By consensus Netscape haven’t cut the mustard with the latest version of their web browser ‘It still feels like a beta version’ said Adrian Harris, GreenNet Webdesigner. ‘It’s slow to load and not all of the preferences seem to work’. It looks like the jury is still out...

Meanwhile at the Opera..
If you are looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer, Opera is a relatively new web browser, it’s small so runs well on older slower computers but it is strictly standards based and therefore may have difficulty with, for example, proprietary microsoft or netscape html, in that the page may not display properly (but this is rare). It comes in two versions, sponsored where the browser displays a small adverting banner or registered which costs a small amount and has no adverts. www.opera.com to download the 10MB program.
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Thank you:
Sun Microsystems for recently donating some very versatile advanced backup and recovery software. This will allow us a lot more flexibility in our plans for system development.

If you have any tips or comments to make about new software you’ve tried and tested, let us know. Email: support@gn.apc.org

Service status page on our website
As a response to user feedback we have a new page on our website where you can monitor the current status of our service including a real time graph, and you can also check for downtime or maintenance announcements. Follow the service status link in the top right hand corner of our front page.

GreenNet Action and Campaigns
We are intending to introduce an interactive area on this page of the GreenNet website: www.gn.apc.org/action. We want this page to be a place for you to input information about your campaigns and get them immdediately online and to a wider audience.
If you would like to add your campaigns to the new page, please email action@gn.apc.org with information.

Jobs and Volunteering
Many GreenNet members advertise jobs and placements on the GN jobs page: www.gn.apc.org/jobs.html#members.
If you are interested in advertising any vacancies you have or, if you have successfully recruited through us, I would be very interested to know: joanne@gn.apc.org.
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Questions answered
Following on from your response to the GreenNet user questionnaire (and thanks to all who replied!), we want to add a section on our training page to include GreenNet members’ training courses outside London.

Advertise your training courses to the GreenNet community
Anyone who runs trainings in the use of Email/Internet, campaigning on the Internet etc., email: joanne@gn.apc.org.

Women’s training
A comment from one user is why have courses for women only, saying that in so doing we are being sexually biased. In response to this, we do of course agree that gender means women and men. The GET IT project is women-focused because we are talking about women’s empowerment and social change that relates to women’s equity and equality. If you have any comments about gender and ICT, please email them to: get-it@gn.apc.org.
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Training update
Web Design

*Using HTML
This course is intended to provide a solid grounding in HTML (the core language of every web page) and web design principles. It is suitable for anyone wishing to learn to design and /or update web pages.
6th and 7th August

*Using Dreamweaver
An intensive 2-day course, at the end of which 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.
Next training: 28th and 29th July

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)
Learn how to send and receive encrypted documents and emails. Trainings are the second Tuesday of every month, from 18.30 - 21.00.
Next training is the 14th August

Email and Internet
Suitable for beginners wanting to learn how to use the Internet and email, this course runs on the first Tuesday of every month.
The next training is the 7th August at 18.30.
Details for all trainings, course outlines, costs and how to book can be found at: www.gn.apc.org/training.
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GET IT centre at the GreenNet offices
Janet Chapman, is heading our new training project for women, which started at the beginning of June. The courses are free for women in Islington and nearby areas of Hackney and Camden. GreenNet members ‘Microsyster’ are working with us for this project, outreaching to local groups. Courses include: Using the Email and Introduction to the Internet. For more information, look at: http://www.gn.apc.org/get/it.

Events
We had fun recently at the People and Planet summer festival, where Karen spoke about campaigning on the Internet.
If you would like GreenNet to attend an event you are organising, please contact joanne@gn.apc.org. You can also post details of your events at the GreenNet calendar: http://webboard.gn.apc.org:8086/default.

Changes at the GreenNet office
Goodbye to Chris Whitehouse, GreenNet technician. Chris is leaving after 2 years at GreenNet. Best of luck Chris!
Welcome to Marek who has come to GreenNet from our partner network in Prague, Econnect. Marek will be working specifically with Action Applications and web administration over the next 6 months.
Congratulations to Liz, GreenNet user support who has just had a beautiful baby girl, Megan.
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