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GreenNet Newsletter: Winter 1999

Contents:

FOCUS:THE GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP/
PIPEX DOWNTIME ON 22-2-00/
NETWORKER OF THE YEAR: NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN !/
YOUR INTERNET RIGHTS, NEWS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL..../
NEWSGROUPS AND CONFERENCES THE EASY WAY/
FREE PREVIEWS OF TOOLKIT APPLICATIONS/
ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING/
GOOD LUCK WHIT !/
Y2K, ITS NOT OVER YET/
TECHNICAL UPDATES/
GLOBAL ROAMING - AN APOLOGY...../
TRAINING DATES....../

FOCUS: THE GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP

With its second conference imminent, GreenNet would like to introduce a network dedicated to bringing IT to the forefront of the development debate. Here is an extract from their website detailing information about the conference, their mission and vision.

"The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is an evolving, informal partnership of public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Partner organisations are committed to sharing information, experiences and resources to promote broad access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information as tools of sustainable, equitable development. The GKP emerged from the cooperation of several dozen organisations in sponsoring the Global Knowledge 97 conference, "Knowledge for Development in the Information Age" in Toronto, Canada in June 1997.

The work of the Global Knowledge Partnership is rooted in the conviction that:

  • access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information are increasingly important factors in sustainable economic and social development for individuals, communities and nations;

  • the information revolution can be a positive force for empowering the world's poor;

  • effective action to assure the inclusion of the poorest individuals, communities and nations in the global information economy requires increased Partnership and mutual learning among public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

The Second Global Knowledge Conference hosted by the Malaysian Government and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 7-10 March 2000. More than 1400 people, representing the public and private sectors will meet to hammer out strategies that will put the information age in the hands of developing countries and the world's poor.

What kinds of initiatives will emerge? Examples of some of the innovative initiatives already underway by the members of this group are indicative. Internet skills are being developed in some of the poorest and least linked countries as GKP member Cisco Systems, in partnership with academic institutions, government, community organisations, and business worldwide, provides training and equipment. Telephones are being brought to remote towns that have for too long been cut off by ineffective systems as a Chilean subsidiary of a Canadian company is doing. Open information societies are being established where before there was little freedom of information or of the press.

The conference has an immense amount of momentum and input from all around the world. You can follow the conferences activities, its outcome and ongoing projects at the Global Knowledge website

--->http://www.globalknowledge.org

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PIPEX DOWNTIME ON 22-2-00

UUnet, the company that supply our 0845 numbers and leased line have advised us of the following:

Dear Sirs

On 22/2/00 between 4am and 7am routine maintenance work will be taking place in our Doclands PoP. This work may affect your Internet connection and for periods of time there maybe a total loss of connectivity for yourselves. Any loss of service will be kept to an absolute minimum

The maintenance work being carried out is part of the continual work by UUNET to improve and expand our network and so offer a faster and more resilient service to its customers

UUNET would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this work may create.

This may well affect connection to the Internet and sending/recieving mail during the specified time. We are advising our users not to try to connect to GreenNet either to use the Internet or to try and collect mail during that time.

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NETWORKER OF THE YEAR: NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN !

Networker of the year is an annual award open to people and organisations that successfully use electronic mail, mailing lists and/or web sites to link people to information and activities in the fields of development and social and environmental justice.

All you need to do is the following:

1. Send us the name and e-mail address of the person or organisation you wish to nominate.
2. Write a short description of how they used networking tools, mention which tools were use for what activity. Mention which groups and communities participated in the process.
3. Let us know why you feel this person/organisation deserves to be given this award.

Criteria:

  • The person or organisation should be a GreenNet subscriber.
  • Nominations should be e-mailed to support@gn.apc.org and be received by Tuesday the 29th February 2000.

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YOUR INTERNET RIGHTS, NEWS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL....

GreenNet is still busy campaigning against the Governments proposed Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill proposes giving the police sweeping powers to intercept Internet communication and read private e-mail. Members of the GreenNet collective could face penalties of up to five years in jail for trying to protect our users against the effects of these new measures.

Currently the bill is still in its consultation stage. There is a meeting scheduled for 8th February when representatives from the Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) will meet with home office officials as part Labours Open Government consultation process to voice their concerns and objections. We will know after that if they will modify any aspects of the bill before it goes to Parliament for its first reading. Read all about the proposed bill and find out what you can do to oppose it at;

---> http://www.gn.apc.org/activities/ioca

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NEWSGROUPS AND CONFERENCES THE EASY WAY

Access to exclusive civil society information in the form of electronic newsgroups and conferences is one of the many reasons people subscribe to GreenNet. Newsgroups are basically online discussion forums and about 50,000 exist worldwide covering subjects from technical computer information to breaking civil rights news from Indonesia.

Many people are a little put off using newsgroups, either because they aren't familiar with them, or because it involves learning how to use another bit of software. They really arent that difficult to use and we recommend a website that gives a helpful introduction. Deja news is a web based news service that carries most of the major newsgroups and allows you to do keyword searches of over 30,000 newsgroups. You can also read and post e-mail articles to any of the featured groups with your web browser. The interface is easy to use and it is a good introduction to using newsgroups. When you feel comfortable with using deja news you might want to start taking advantage of GreenNets newsgroup services.

---> http://www.deja.com

Remember that access to APCs exclusive conferences comes with all of GreenNets membership packages. If you have any questions about them please e-mail support@gn.apc.org

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FREE PREVIEWS OF TOOLKIT APPLICATIONS

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) community and collaboration toolkit project, featured in our last newsletter, contains a range of software tools designed to make it easier for NGOs to obtain and publish information on the web, plus a host of action applications, including a global online events calendar .

If you want to get a free preview of some of the toolkit applications GreenNet is running several focus groups in early to mid-February as part of the toolkit project marketing work. The featured applications include web crossing a revolutionary web based conferencing application and easy to use web publishing tools. All your travel expenses will be paid and as an extra incentive we will credit you with a months subscription if you attend.

The focus groups are likely to last about 2 hours. Please contact Phil Carr on 020 7713 1941 for more information.

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ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING

GreenNets offices will be closed all day on Thursday 7th April to accommodate our annual team planning meeting. The GreenNet collective meet to establish an action plan for the coming 12 months and were sure you understand that this is a important event for us.

Although our offices will be closed for phone calls, we will be here so please leave any urgent messages on our answer machine and we will deal with them at intervals throughout the day.

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GOOD LUCK WHIT !

Andy Whitmore our co-ordinator/billing officer, known to most of us as Whit, is leaving GreenNet to take up the post of Director at the Electronic Immigration Network. "I am very sad to be losing day to day contact with so many friends, among both GreenNet staff and users, but Im sure I'll stay in touch not least through being a GN customer!" he said about his departure.

We would like to thank Whit for everything he has contributed to GreenNet and wish him the very best in his new job.

Whit will continue working on a part time basis until the end of April. We will announce details of a successor when someone has been appointed.

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Y2K, ITS NOT OVER YET

The Millennium bug isnt over yet, recognising 29th February 2000 as a valid date may cause problems for some computers. As with the 1-1-00 it is impossible to predict what exactly might happen. GreenNets systems are fully compliant and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services.

Were you affected by the millennium bug ? We would like to hear from you, e-mail support@gn.apc.org

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TECHNICAL UPDATES

We'd like to remind you all that our technicians are reserving the last Friday evening of the month for systems maintenance.

We dont anticipate down time every month and we will warn you well in advance of any disruption to our service.

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GLOBAL ROAMING - AN APOLOGY.....

Sorry that our global roaming service, the ability to dial into local call numbers abroad to pick up your mail, hasnt materialised. Providing the service involves some major software and server upgrades which were not originally anticipated. Pipex, who supply the global roaming phone numbers are helping us and we are enlisting help from APC technicians abroad to help bring it all to a speedy conclusion.

We cant give a date for completion yet, we will announce when it is fully operational. When it arrives we're sure it will be worth the wait !

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TRAINING DATES......

Beginners guide to the Internet and e-mail:

Evening class starts 6.30pm
February 29th (Tues)
March 28th (Tues)
April 25th (Tues)

35.25 Non GN Users
23.50 GN Users

Introduction to Web
Design weekend workshops:

Evening course during March, contact us for details

176.25 GN Users

105.75 unwaged GN users

352.50 non GN users

E-mail support@gn.apc.org for more info and bookings.

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