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GreenNet Newsletter: Winter 2002/2003

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GreenNet 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:

GreenNet 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 emails.
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.
This 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.

Other GreenNet webservices:
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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Other 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 information.

The 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.

Other 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 here.

We would also like to encourage you to add any events to our new calendar. You 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.

If there 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 useful.

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Support News...

For those of you with above-average phone-bills....
GreenNet 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 and support.

We are 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.

If you 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.

Project News...

At GreenNet...

GET IT centre
We 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.

APC Women's Networking Support programme GEM initiative (Gender and ICT Evaluation Methodologies)
Workshops 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.

Internet Rights
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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APC activities...

Karen 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.

APC 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.

World 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'

Commission 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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GreenNet's upcoming Trainings… Web design using dreamweaver
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

...more 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.

GreenNet Billing

There 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.

The GreenNet 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, N1 9TR

Please inform billing@gn.apc.orgif 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!

Happy 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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