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Newsletter: Winter 2002/2003
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New GreenNet calendar/
services - the GreenNet website
If you haven't had a look at the GreenNet website in a while, it might
be time to revisit it. The site is constantly updated with resources
to benefit and hopefully inform you. And there are also sections that
would benefit from your contributions.
Some of the areas that we would like to highlight include:
webmail - This has been around for a while but we often get
phone calls from users who have never heard of it. It is a web-based
email interface that allows you to view your mail from any computer
with an Internet connection. If you are having problems downloading
emails using your usual email programme, it is sometimes useful to view
your messages with webmail, where you can delete any large emails that
may be causing problems for your email programme, or any other unwanted
You can access webmail by going to the GreenNet
home page and click on the web email button (top tool bar), or you
can access the page through our
web services page.
page has other useful information for those of you whose website
is hosted with GreenNet, including: ftp access information, interfaces
for managing ActionApps and mySQL databases and mailing lists.
Using input forms on your website - We have introduced Formmail,
new Linux-based software for creating input forms on your website. It
is a superior product to the existing Mail Form software, and is also
better supported and more secure. We recommend that new website designers
use Formmail, and also that existing users of Mail Form who are updating
their forms should change over to Formmail. Again, we have full
instructions on our website in our Web Support area. The instructions
are easy to follow, and those of you who are changing from Mail Form
to Formmail should find the transition quite straightforward. Any questions,
please email GreenNet web admin.
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useful tips in the GreenNet support
webpages: Here you will find links to configuring your computer
to GreenNet; how to filter spam; downloading software and virus protection
GreenNet services page
lists most of the services we currently offer, check here first if you
need any new or additional services. This is newly revamped, and hopefully
easier to navigate. If you can't find what you're looking for, please
email GreenNet support.
areas of interest: The Action & Campaigns
page is divided into campaigns of our user community and wider civil
society and GreenNet and APC campaigns. We would like to see more contributions
from you. Please email Joanne
with your campaign news and alerts. If appropriate, this news can also
be included in Alternet, our fortnightly e-zine and the frontpage headlines,
where we try to highlight news that doesn't get too much mainstream
coverage. We try to cover stories that could be useful to you including
any APC news, ICT regulations, user campaigns and other topical environmental
or civil justice stories. View the archives
would also like to encourage you to add any events to our new
can add your events online here. This
is a database driven calendar, powered by ActionApps. For
more information about ActionApps, click here. If you want to check
out other sites using ActionApps, please visit
the GreenNet Autumn newsletter where these were mentioned. If you
are interested in seeing how a simple ActionApps page can fit into your
website, call or email us and
we can set up a trial page for you to try out.
is anything else that you would like to see on the GreenNet website,
please email Joanne, stating
what you want us to include, under what section and why this would be
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those of you with above-average phone-bills....
started offering a Fixed Rate Internet Access Connection (FRIACO) in
September 02. This is an optional add-on service to your current membership
and only works with BT. The user to port ratio (contention ratio) is
6:1 with 100 hours access per month - rather than providing a cheaper
service, our aim is to provide you (as always) with a high quality service
not currently reselling broadband or adsl, although it is something
we are keeping close tabs on and will let you know if this changes.
In the meantime, we have had a few users asking whether it would be
possible to use Broadband/ADSL and still keep their GreenNet email or
website. This is possible - think of broadband/adsl just as a pipe,
the means through which you connect to the Internet, so you still need
an ISP to connect through.
are wondering if you need broadband/ADSL, well here are some advantages
over a normal dial up: it's an always-on connection which means that
you can still use your telephone line while surfing the Internet; it
is a much faster connection - a normal dial up connection over a 56k
modem allows downloads at about 5k bytes/second. On an ADSL connection
typical download speeds are between 20 and 30k bytes/second. …but no
need to rush out and get it now…do you even need it? We suggest if your
quarterly phone bill for dialup is between 50 - 100 pounds you would
benefit from a Fixed rate Internet access. For those whose bill for
dial-up exceeds 100 per quarter, we suggest you consider ADSL / broadband,
and those under 50 pounds, normal dial-up is the most cost effective.
If you have any questions, please email
GreenNet Support, or call 0845 055 4011.
are coming into the closing few months of the GET IT centre, an Email
and Internet training project for women of the local area. If you know
of any organisations, or individuals that may be interested in upcoming
training sessions, please pass on
their contact details to us.
Women's Networking Support programme GEM initiative (Gender and ICT
have already been held in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Manila, Philippines
and Zanzibar, Africa. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) workshop
is planned for the 8th to 15th of February with GreenNet participating,
alongside 7 other initiatives who are coming to the workshop for GEM
testing. We hope the workshop will be useful in helping us to develop
a UK GEM implementation, based on these regional models already developed.
We are in the final phase of the Internet Rights project. Plans are
to develop FAQs informed by the ongoing consultations around the Regulation
of Investigatory Powers act and the Anti-terrorism and Crime Security
Act 'Code of Practice'. Detailed
briefings around Internet legislation can be found online.
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Banks, Director of GreenNet reports on APC
(Association for Progressive Communications) activities which she
will be attending in the coming months, including: participation in
the World Social Forum; the Asian, Latin American and International
Preparatory meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society and
the Commission on the Status of Women meetings.
at the WSF (January 22-28, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
The third World Social Forum started on the 23rd of January in Porto
Alegre. The forum is organized around 5 axis: Democratic Sustainable
Development; Principles and values, human rights, diversity and equality;
Media, culture and counter-hegemony; Political power, civil society
and democracy and Democratic world order, fight against militarism and
promoting peace. The APC will be one of almost 5,000 organisations from
121 countries present and will be represented in the third area "Media,
culture and counter-hegemony". The panel discussions for 'New technologies
and strategies for digital inclusion and social change are taking place
on Saturday 25th January.
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
APC's Internet Rights and Women' Networking Support programme staff,
along with APC Council members, are working with many other NGOs in
preparation for the second Preparatory Committee (PrepComII) meeting
of the WSIS process, Geneva, Feb 17-28. The PrepCom aims to develop
a Draft Declaration and Action Plan which will map out priority policies
and activities for UN agencies, Governments, the Private Sector and
NGOs for 'the Information Society'
on the Status of women (CSW)
The APC Women's Networking Support Programme will be participating in
the 47th session of the CSW, March 3-14. The theme of this years session
is: "Women's human rights and elimination of all forms of violence against
women and girls as defined in the Beijing Platform for Action and the
outcome document of the twenty-third special session of the General
Assembly". APC WNSP will be involved in a range of activities from running
an on-site women's cybercafe, providing training in content management
system software, a beginners guide to ICT policy and using ICTs strategically
in the fight again Violence Against Women. We will also be involved
in panel discussions: "Participation and access of women to the media,
and information and communication technologies and their impact on and
use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women" -
one of the two major CSW panels..
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upcoming Trainings… Web design
We have scheduled the next few web design trainings over weekends in
response to demand.
They will run from 11.00-18.00 Saturday and Sunday as follows:
February 22nd & 23rd
March 15th & 16th
April 26th and 27th
about Web design using dreamweaver... The course is intended for
those with some computer experience and includes practical hands-on
project work. By the end of the course 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. We try to organise training
times that will suit our users so if you would like to organise a weekend
training or suggest alternative dates (we occasionally run the training
as a six session evening class), please contact Joanne on 0845 0554011,
or via email.
is currently a number of outstanding payments owing. We would really
appreciate if you could pay invoices promptly as this means so much
less work and worry for us! We would like to encourage any monthly subscribers
to pay by standing order.
bank details are as follows:
Bank: The Cooperative Bank
Account Name: GreenNet Limited
Account No: 70730834 Bank
Sort Code: 08 90 33
Bank Address: The Cooperative Bank, 1 Islington High Street, London,
you have set up a standing order. If you have any queries regarding
your invoice, please get in touch with us to sort it out - the worst
thing is chasing payment when you don't owe us anything!
New Year 2003 to all GreenNet users. We wish you all a successful year
ahead. Thanks for your continued support. The GreenNet Newsletter is
edited by Joanne Doyle on behalf of the GreenNet Collective. For more
information, contact Joanne.
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