[Greennet-l] GreenNet Newsletter: September 2004 SPECIAL

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GreenNet Newsletter: September 2004 SPECIAL

new services pages/
alternet volunteer/


Find this edition of the GreenNet Newsletter online at:
- --> www.gn.apc.org/news/newsletter/n_sept04.html

The GreenNet Newsletter is an 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 online at:
- --> www.gn.apc.org/news/newsletter/




GreenNet has reshaped its services. The new services can be found as usual 
on our services page


The changes in services reflect the change in our members' needs. As 
announced in the previous newsletter we stopped offering Standard 
Membership as many of our members already use broadband. Therefore, we 
have separated the connection part and the E-mail part of the traditional 
Standard Membership. This allows you to keep your E-mail service with 
GreenNet but chose your connectivity (broadband, ADSL, ..) from a longer 
list of options. 

Some of the highlights of the new services:

- - Home / Activist Membership with an E-mail account, 50MB of web space and 
your own GreenNet subdomain
- - Reduced charges for domain name registrations
- - A new option to combine web forwarding and E-mail forwarding for your 
own domain name



GreenNet is now offering broadband internet in cooperation with the Phone 
Co-op. This means that the broadband service, support, and billing for it 
will be done by the Phone Co-op. It allows you to stay with GreenNet as 
your E-mail and hosting provider while using the Phone Co-op for 
connecting to the internet at high speed. As mentioned above, GreenNet 
offers a new membership, Home / Activist Membership, to complement this.

In order to apply for broadband go to the GreenNet Connect page, select 
your choice of broadband and click on the Subscribe Now button. This will 
take you to the application form for The Phone Co-op's broadband services. 

GreenNet Connect



GreenNet will, once again, be moving offices, from posh Angel to trendy 
Shoreditch. We will be moving on Thursday and Friday 2nd and 3rd September 
2004. We expect that telephone and email support availability will be very 
limited during those two days. We hope that our answer phone facility will 
be available, but please do not rely on this being the case. 
Additionally, sites hosted on the Windows NT server will be unreachable 
while the machine is being moved from Angel to Leonard Street. 

We would like to apologise for any incovenience caused by this.

We are taking up residence in a new building managed by the Ethical 
Property Company, at:
56-64 Leonard Street
EC2A 4JX.  

*** Users do not need to change their dial-up connection or E-mail details 

*** Our main support number remains the same, 0845 055 4011 *** 

Our fax and international telephone numbers will change to +44 207 0650 
935 (international) and 0207 0650 936 (fax). 



GreenNet is Proud to Announce ...

...Two Great New Websites - more valuable content online, innovatively 
organised, dynamically published, driven by open source technologies, 
developed by GreenNet, and populated by...

European Social Forum UK 2004 
a unique opportunity where social movements, trade unions, NGOs, refugees, 
peace and anti-imperialist groups, anti-racist movements, environmental 
movements, networks of the excluded and community campaigns from Europe 
and the world can come together to discuss how to achieve global social 
justice for all and debate ways of making 'another world possible'.
Visit the site to buy your ESF pass online, submit proposals for events 
and find out what others are proposing.

Privacy International
A human rights group working as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy 
invasions by governments and corporations. PI has conducted campaigns and 
research globally on issues ranging from wiretapping and national 
security, to ID cards, video surveillance, data matching, police 
information systems, medical privacy, and freedom of information and 
expression. The rebuilt site has a new interface, and a new database for 
all the old content and new stuff too - transforming it into a fantastic 
educational resource.




Since the end of April, GreenNet has been using a new and currently very 
effective method of enhancing the ability of the mail system to limit the 
amount of spam that is delivered to your mailbox on a technical level. 
Currently, the method's effectiveness reaches over 95%. Theoretically, no 
legitimate mail should ever be permanently blocked.

The method known as "greylisting" is based on the simple observation that, 
while ordinary mail system behaviour is to attempt to deliver the message 
repeatedly in case of a temporary failure, most of the spam is being 
delivered through special applications, which appear to adopt the 
"fire-and-forget" methodology. We setup our servers to refuse the first 
delivery attempt, and only accept the second and any consequent ones from 
the same sender to the same recipient.

Although the method has been designed to minimize the impact on 
the end users, due to its nature you may have experienced some 
delays in email delivery. If you should have questions or problems 
let us know so we can improve the system.

As a result many users observed a significant decrease in the amount of 
spam they have received since we have introduced greylisting. We have also 
had many messages praising this fact. There have also been cases where 
even big internet services providers were not adhering to the technical 
standards of E-mail delievery which caused bounced messages. We have 
developed the system to recognise these "faulty" senders with the help of 
our members. At this point we would like to thank all of you for your 
patience and understanding.

Further reading: 




GreenNet is looking for a part-time - 1 day per week - volunteer to help 
the collective compile Alternet, our fortnightly social justice E-zine.
Alternet is emailed to GreenNet Users every two weeks, and contains news 
of events, campaigns, jobs, new websites, and publications, relevant to 
the work and lives of anyone involved in the UK social justice scene. 
Content is drawn from news we recieve from our users, and research we do 
amongst the broader activist community.
We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer editor, with journalistic 
ambition, and an interest in the campaigning issues of Peace, the 
Environment, Gender Equality and Social Justice.

We will provide you with a space to work and the opportunity to network 
amongst an exciting and diverse range of organisations and people. You'll 
have the chance to develop your written communication skills and to 
explore the tools and techniques used as part of GN's unique approach to 
strategic use of the internet for campaigning.
For more information send an E-mail to Cedric Knight (support at gn.apc.org) 
and look at the job description at 


GreenNet Newsletter: An 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:

If you 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, email: 
support at gn.apc.org.

This edition of the GreenNet Newsletter is edited by Liz Probert, Cedric 
Knight, Janet Chapman and Michael Moritz on behalf of the GreenNet 


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