In 1985, a bunch of environmental activist techies worked together to devise tools that would support networking efforts within the green movement. They called the operation "GreenNet". Soon, GreenNet began collaborating and exchanging information with similar networks in other countries, such as PeaceNet and EcoNet.
In 1990 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was formed by these networks. The APC currently has 45 member networks serving over 50,000 activists, non-profit organisations, charities and NGOs in over 133 countries. The APC is committed to supporting international links with Southern member and partner networks.
For many years GreenNet provided an international gateway for small, indigenous networks in African and Asian countries. The gateway supported email exchange between the internet and 52 networks in Africa and Asia – sometimes the link being the only means of electronic communication for NGOs and other organisations in those countries.
More than 20 years on, we now have a technology landscape in the UK which provides most people with easy access to electronic communications. But you’ll see from the unfolding story below, that as the tools, skills and access have changed, GreenNet continues to play a role in supporting social justice movements in their use of communication technologies.