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Newsletter: Spring 2004
Newsletter: A quarterly e-bulletin for our user community on strategic
uses of the Internet to promote social justice and equality. From GreenNet,
an online community for peace, the environment, civil rights and social
justice since 1986. Past issues of GreenNet Newsletter:
had a major strategy review meeting at the beginning of this year from
which we emerged, after a long day, with a clear vision of some new
directions for our work. In order to invest in a higher quality service
for our members and meet our mission, we have looked carefully at the
services we provide.
GreenNet will stop offering standard membership on its own. This was
a difficult decision to arrive at, but we are no longer able to sustain
the level of support needed for this service, and remain competitive.
We will still provide this service to existing members and continue
to provide email accounts. Our focus will be concentrated on informing
you of the best ways to make the most of the communication technologies
available, and use ICTs strategically.
As part of this committment, and given our resources, GreenNet has come
to the difficult decision not to provide broadband. This follows on
from long discussions with potential suppliers about what we could offer
members and various testing of modems and packages to see what could
be suitable. After many years helping people to sort out a basic internet
connectivity, we believe that access has become so widely available,
that the need is to support our community, and other not for profit
organisations, in learning to use the online tools available to use
the internet strategically. This means not competing with big ISP's
on the broadband/access market, which would mean that we couldn't offer
an affordable service with the level support that we want to continue
to provide. We feel that no matter how you connect, the services GreenNet
offers, including: email, webhosting, dynamic website development and
consultancy, training, will remain the best option for civil society
our focus in the next 3 years is on developing web related services;
consultancy around FLOSS (free/libre open source solutions) e.g. migration
to GNU/Linux desktop, coupled with support; online collaboration and
strategic use of ICTs including training and research around ICT policy.
up: We will also have a half day strategy meeting in April/May to organise
these priorities and would like to incorporate feedback from you to
inform this process and guide us in the development of these services.
So, we have prepared a questionnaire which will take you about 10 minutes
to complete (and the last one we asked you to fill in was nearly 2 years
ago now so we would really appreciate your time!).
the questionnaire online here: http://www.gn.apc.org/services/questionnaire.shtml
or comments, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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is putting more resources into web related work, especially online content
management systems. We will work closely with other APC members to increase
overall capacity to develop the technology and increase awareness of
this tool and other innovative FLOSS ICT solutions.
immediate term, GreenNet has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline:
will be developing ActionApps powered webspaces for African telecom
regulators to share VSAT licensing information. The web spaces will
form a 'One Stop Shop' about African VSAT regulations, with an online
application form for potential VSAT providers. It's a very exciting
project, which aims to improve internet access in Africa using VSAT
is currently developing a new site with 'Publish What You Pay', Privacy
International and continuing working with EIN to develop their
On the GreenNet site, we have developed our
Jobs page on the GN site using ActionApps. This allows you to easily
add any new job and volunteer opportunities with your organisation.
You do not need any knowledge of html, just copy in the advert in plain
text and submit. If you have any difficulties, please email email@example.com
has developed a collaborative
news page on their site that includes RSS news feeds from some of
its members, and their partners, around the world.
Greennet has developed the online archive of Capital & Class magazine.
The site is built using ActionApps. ActionApps allows visitors to search
or browse quickly through more than 2000 articles from past C&C issues
as well as and download them in the high quality PDF format. On the
CSE side, ActionApps helps CSE website editors to quickly publish new
issues, and also provides a tools for maintaining online subscribers
database. The archive is only available to subscribed visitors.
Jobs Recruitment site features a comprehensive search and an elaborate
subscription tool which enables users to get latest subject-specific
jobs by email.
GreenNet has upgraded organisational membership. This package now includes
10 pop accounts.
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We have been alerted that a number of fraudulent emails are currently
circulating in the UK encouraging bank customers to visit a website
where card or internet security details are then requested. We have
had a email forwarded by one member they received in reply from their
bank saying they never send emails that ask for confidential or security
information. It is best to presume that this is the practice of all
banks. If you are in any doubt, contact your bank for advise. There
has already been a lot about this in the mass media. It seems to be
a repeat of what happened a few months ago:
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for the web - Four Things Every Web Site Headline Must Do. By Nick Usborne:
The Multi Media Toolkit is a project to develop a range of training
materials around content, tools and strategic use on the Internet. A
number of units are now online and available to use at:
Civil Society in the Networked Society: on the relationship between
ICTs and the rise of transnational civil society:
CODE OF DATA RETENTION
Parliament enacted an Order which came into force on December 5th 2003,
approving a voluntary code of practice in relation to ISP retention
of and access to 'Communications Data' - confidential user information.
As a not-for-profit
ISP dedicated to supporting and promoting groups and individuals working
for peace, human rights, gender equality, social justice and the environment
through the use of ICTs, we aim to realise the rights of all individuals
in the UK to enjoy full access to information and communication services.
has participated in good faith in various consultations throughout this
process, outlining its concerns with respect proposals for retention
of data, whether voluntary or mandatory. We remain deeply concerned
that the voluntary code is not compliant with data protection principles
and Human Rights standards.
end, GreenNet will not participate in the voluntary retention scheme
and is principally bound to retain its current data retention policy,
outlined below, in the interest of defending the rights of our user
to the consultation and further justification of our position are online
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a year in Ethiopia working for our umbrella network, the APC, Anna Feldman
has returned to GreenNet as our Web Projects Developer. During her time
away, Anna developed a range of training materials for the Multi Media
Tool Kit Project (MMTK).
worked with our technician, Marek, on staging an open source content
management workshop in Addis Ababa for East African service providers.
Anna has now returned to London with a partitioned hard drive on her
laptop that allows her to boot up in Linux and Windows - and is happy
to preach to anyone who wants to be converted about the benefits of
working - in the Horn of Africa and rest of the world - using the Linux
managing GreenNet's web projects, Anna will continue to work with the
APC developing ICT training materials for online activists.
delighted to welcome Anna back to the GreenNet family (although we never
really parted). She has already taken on a number of very exciting projects
including developing a new site with 'Publish What You Pay' and managing
the CATIA 1A project.
courses in web design using Dreamweaver: April 24th & 25th (Saturday
& Sunday) 11.00-18.00. Full course outline available online at:
are held at our offices, Islington, London, unless otherwise requested.
Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org
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APC will go to UN ICT Task Force meeting in March: WSIS II is slowly
getting off the ground for 2004, but much confusion, fragmentation and
frustration abounds - certainly amongst civil society actors. In the
past few weeks, we have heard bits and pieces of news about proposed
meetings, the complete lack of funding, uncertainty of ITU's role in
the follow up process, the ongoing discussions about Tunis (the next
WSIS venue in 2005) with respect the government's human rights record.
meetings have been held recently (briefings) but primarily held in Geneva
to which almost none of us have access. The notes from the recent Geneva
briefing meeting have been posted to email@example.com (If you
would like a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org). The first prepcom
is likely to take place in Tunis, June 2004 (though the ITU and Tunis
governments have been unable to agree on a date), and this will be preceded
by a 'brainstorming' meeting to which representatives from all stake-holder
groups will be invited.
APC’s WSIS related work, you can join the email@example.com
Michael, GreenNet support techie, attended the APC council meeting in
Cartagena, Columbia at the end of last year. This was also a planning
meeting, involving APC members from all over the world. The main aim
of the meeting was to establish the strategic priorities for the network
for the next 3 years. These have yet to be finalised but the event was
a great success in bringing together ICT activists for social change
and formalising some great ideas into action areas that have already
had a real impact on consolidating the way we approach ICTs and ICT
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have any questions about any of the news in the edition of our newsletter,
please get in contact with us. We are happy to go through any of the
services outlined or any queries you may have.
Newsletter is edited by Joanne Doyle on behalf of the GreenNet Collective.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.