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Newsletter: Summer 1999
toolkit project near completion
also to all of you who have started using our new faster outgoing mail
server. I'm sure that those of you who have are very pleased with the
noticeable increase in speed.
you haven't made the switch already, or are not sure if you have or
not, phone support and speak to Phil or Liz. We can talk you through
a few simple changes that will make a great deal of difference to sending
your mail. The details of how to make the changes are also available
on our website:- http://www.gn.apc.org/support/smtp
are currently finalising support for a number of cheap office local
area network (LAN) email solutions. UUCP and MS Exchange Server are
two of the more popular services that we are committed to supporting.
If your office is considering implementing any LAN email solutions and
need any advice please speak to Phil or Karen on 0207 713 1941
obviously aware of the pressure on prices that the advent of Freeserve
and other cut price ISPs has brought to the market. We have been in
negotiations with our main supplier to bring their prices down so that
we can pass the saving on to you.
we have been looking at alternatives, at present we would rather stay
with our current suppliers, as their service is comparatively good and
it saves having to change phone numbers and configurations again. Once
we have confirmed a new price structure with them we'll work on all
our prices, which should come into effect on 1st November 99, and contact
you all via e-mail. So expect to hear from us very soon on this one.
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Debit (coming soon...)
for those still waiting for a form to fill out to pay by Direct Debit.
We've hit a snag while getting our application processed by the bank,
but we hope that we'll be able to send the forms out to people soon.
the meantime, if you have not requested a Direct Debit form yet please
send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll send them out as soon
as we can.
Toolkit Project nearing completion
you thought that e-commerce was the most exciting thing happening on
the Internet right now you haven't heard of the Community and Collaboration
Toolkit Project. As the Internet becomes more commercial, civil society
organisations need to claim part of cyberspace for themselves and need
appropriate tools to do it.
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are running the Toolkit
Project to make it easier for civil society organisations to communicate
with each other and the rest of the world using information technology.
On a small scale, the Toolkit's discussion groups and publishing tools
will help groups carve out their own space on the Internet and build
online communities. On a larger scale, the APC's tools will create a
civil society equivalent of information portal sites like 'Freeserve'
and 'Yahoo'. The potential of this for the way we work is quite revolutionary.
tools include 'Action Applications' which include shared events calendars
and urgent action alert software that can be plugged in to your web
sites. That information can be connected to and fed into applications
that will publicise events on information portal sites all over the
world. The toolkit also contains applications to help online lobbying
and advocacy, and instruments to help create and organise new 'virtual
project is being managed by APC's Mark Surman (pictured) and GreenNet
is assisting with the marketing. Some of the marketing will involve
finding groups that are prepared to help test trial software and we
may be approaching GreenNet users to help with this. The first set of
tools are due for release this Autumn. More info:
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report from Karen Banks, APC Women's Program coordinator, on the recent
conference in Seoul, Korea.
the 43rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, representatives
of regional and international information and communication networks
met to discuss strategies for using electronic networking as part of
the Beijing Plus Five review process, and to share experiences on advocacy.
it was decided that NGOs need:
a way of continuing the discussion around the Beijing plus Five review
l a way of collecting and sharing the national and regional NGO alternative
l a clearing house for all important information devoted to NGO initiatives
and information around the Beijing Plus Five process
l a way of continuing the discussion around NGO access and participation
in UN meetings in general and the Special Session on Beijing Plus Five
l a way of monitoring and reviewing specific actions to be taken on
critical areas of concern
and regional websites
money has been raised and work is underway in Asia, Africa, Europe,
Latin America, USA and Canada to develop global and regional websites
as "platforms" for Beijing Plus Five review process information.
global website will be housed at GreenNet and mirrored globally. The
site is being built at www.womenaction.org/2000 with sections being
added as regions develop their strategies and funding becomes available.
instance, the International Women's Tribune Centre's Preview 2000 is
already on the website and we're almost ready to add links to existing
regional and thematic networks. GreenNet's Liz Probert is currently
working on the site. Global and Regional Training Workshops
and capacity building for regional facilitators of on-line working groups
and regional website coordinators will take place in as many regions
as we can raise funds for. The Asian workshop has already taken place
The European workshop will take place in late August, the African regional
workshop will take place in Johannesburg in early September and a global
workshop will take place in Seoul at the end of September at Sookmyung
International Women's University, bringing together the work of all
APC Women's Networking Support Programme is responsible for providing
training and technical support to the process.
those interested in learning more about the above initiatives are invited
to send a message to Karen Banks -
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trainings are in the pipeline. We now have a small training suite at
our offices which can accommodate up to six trainees per session. We
are designing a couple of new beginners courses, one for people using
Netscape and Eudora, and another for people who use Internet Explorer
and Outlook Express.
courses will cover advanced use of the Internet and how to use News
groups and conferences. Eventually we will be offering trainings in
online campaigning. Contact Phil on 0207 713 1941 for more info.
guide to the Internet and email:
class starts 6.30pm
August 12th (Thurs) September 21st (Tues) October 19th (Tues) 25 (+vat)
to Web Design weekend workshops:
& 15th August 18th & 19th September
(+vat) GN Users 90 (+vat) unwaged GN users 300 (+vat) non GN users
email@example.com for more
info and bookings
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Web Content Volunteer
would like to welcome David Fretwell who has joined us as a volunteer
working on our website. David edits the front page of our web site which
is ever growing in popularity as a 'portal' for civil society activists
from the UK and world wide. We try to highlight breaking news stories,
urgent actions, news from GreenNet (GN) and more importantly the activities
of you, our users.
is also working on a few other projects; revising the way we categorise
and index members websites on the GN website and our links to sites
outside GN to make information easily accessible to you. He is also
checking and updating all of our links to outside organisations. If
you are interested in any of the work he is doing, want to publicise
your news on our website, or need information on the possibility of
reciprocal links between outside web sites, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
would like you to welcome our new technician, Chris Whitehouse. Before
coming to GreenNet Chris worked in local government as a Novell Netware
Network technician. Chris has the very enviable qualities of being calm
in a crisis combined with patience with machines...ideal!
would also like to welcome Irfan Patel who is working in our finance
office and Dawn Pearcey who is joining us as a volunteer fundraiser.
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Belay, our Office Administrator for 4 years, is leaving us. We would
like to thank Mokuria for all of his hard work and excellent company
throughout the years. We will all miss him and the office really will
not be the same without him. Farewell Mokuria and good luck!
problems with your computers and don't know where to go for an honest
opinion? GreenNet has a number of trusted technicians that we can put
you in contact with. They price jobs on an individual basis and cost
well below normal market rates. They are well qualified and prefer to
do work for NGOs and like minded individuals. They can usually travel
outside the London area by prior arrangement. If you need any help contact
email@example.com and we can
help fix you up.
telephone codes for London are changing yet again! The new codes will
run in tandem with the old ones from now until April 2000. 0171 becomes
0207 and 0181 becomes 0208. So apart from spending more money altering
your stationery please note GreenNet's number:
will be using this on our publications from now on and encourage you
to use it too.
a 2 month trial we have decided not to open late on Wednesday evenings.
The facility didn't prove popular enough to keep it going. We are still
looking at our opening hours and welcome any suggestions that you might
have to firstname.lastname@example.org
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