*Dear GreenNet friends,*
It's time for our annual GreenNet winter newsletter. We'd like to thank you for your support in 2018 and wish you a very merry festive season. We've been busy this year, but if you just want to see when our office is closed for the holidays, please skip <#opening> to the end of this message.
We warmly welcomed Claire to the team, bringing computer science as well as serious web development skills to the collective.
GreenNet's New Offices at the Green House
In August we moved from Development House in Old Street where we had been for over 10 years, to a newly re-designed premises at the aptly named Green House in Cambridge Heath, a short bus trip up Hackney Road. We are still with Ethical Property, and will be moving within the building in January when our new space becomes available. http://www.ethicalproperty.co.uk/our-centres/london/the-green-house
Karen Banks, GreenNet director and operations manager of the Association for Progressive Communications has been recognised by the Oxford Internet Institute for her "extraordinary contributions towards the development, use or study of the internet for the public good" https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/news/releases/oxford-internet-institute-announce= s-2018-winners-of-oii-awards/
New Faster Broadband
We've added fibre-optic connection to our list of options for GreenNet Broadband, with download speeds of up to 80Mbps (depending on location) https://www.greennet.org.uk/internet-services/broadband
NextCloud / GreenCloud Special Offer
Whether you're planning a protest, writing wonderful words of wisdom, or sending baby photos to far-flung family it's great to have a private place to store your stuff online. With our GreenCloud & OrgCloud services <https://www.greennet.org.uk/internet-services/cloud-storage>, built with the wonderful free & open-source NextCloud tools, you can take control of your files, photos, calendars and more, without giving your data to the likes of Google, Microsoft or Dropbox. We're offering a 12 months for the price of 10 discount, and if you're anything like us then you'll agree that they make an ideal gift for the little ones :-) ...
GreenNet's Year in Numbers
* We installed a lovely new server in our rack at the data centre, which has 32 CPUs available as well as an impressive 4190.30 BogoMIPs. This is to increase our web hosting and virtual server capacity.
* We packed up GreenNet's non-virtual operations into under 25 crates to move offices
* We consumed 5 kilos of Medium Roast Fairtrade Fresh Ground coffee in our office percolator (motto: "filter coffee not content")
* and at least 2 dozen punnets of Co-op dips at staff meetings
We launched new websites for:
* Public Law Project <https://publiclawproject.org.uk/>
* Peace Pledge Union (in time for the white poppy season) <https://www.ppu.org.uk/>
* European Network on Statelessness <http://index.statelessness.eu/>
* Peace Brigades International (three sites)<https://pbi-guatemala.org/>,<http://dev.pbi-honduras.org/>, <https://pbi-france.org/>
* UNESCO <https://sdg4education2030.org/>
to name just a few, and collaborated with Wave <http://wave.coop>, Sarah Macbeth <http://sarahmacbeth.com>, Netuxo <http://netuxo.co.uk> and others and we have some brilliant projects in the proverbial pipeline, so keep an eye out!
Our Legal Challenge to GCHQ hacking continues...
Our anti-surveillance legal challenge with others being pursued by Privacy International through the European Court of Human Rights continues into another year. PI's fantastic work and perseverance has led it to be identified it as a potential leading case, meaning it may set a legal precedent.
Co-Tech, East End Trades Guild and Ethical Consumer
We're joining Co-Tech, a new tech *platform cooperative* https://coops.tech and we've joined this network of local businesses https://eastendtradesguild.org.uk in our new neighbourhood. Our broadband and email services are still Ethical Consumer's best buys! https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/best-buy-label
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*The GreenNet office will be closed from 5.30pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will reopen fully on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.*
As always, we will be monitoring our servers throughout the festive period. If you have an urgent query during this time, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org <maito:email@example.com> or leave a message on *0330 355 4011*. We'll respond as soon as we can. Meanwhile don't forget to switch off your own devices (don't leave them on standby) and have a lovely break!
With all our best wishes for a peaceful and happy holiday,
Andrew, Cedric, Claire, Ed, Howard, Ian, Liz and Marek