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internet, satcom services, global sustainable development
attached press release dealing with a.o. Microsofte negative impact on
Rainbow Warriors International Telecommunications Project Group
========================LEVEL SEVEN COMPANIES=================
TECHNE DATA * LEVEL SEVEN DESIGN
internet and network consulting * computational linguistics
new media technologies * for non-governmental
information technology research * organisations (NGOs)
TECHNEX * TERRA PUBLISHING ARUBA
e-commerce, chipcard, internet and* publisher of ECO ARUBA
satcom access technologies * and ECO ARUBA On-line
========================LEVEL SEVEN ORGANISATIONS=============
http://www.rainbowwarriors.org * LEVEL SEVEN
Sustainable Development and Human * technology transfer and
Rights for Small Island Developing* resource development
States and Indigenous Peoples * services for NGOs
>> email@example.com POBOX 1154, ORANJESTAD, ARUBA <<
RWI NEWS SERVICE.............FOR IMMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE.....
November 18, 1997, 2.00 a.m. Aruba Time (06:00 GMT); Language: EN;
DOC ID: RWI-COR-111897-01-EN; Related DOC IDs: RWI-COR-111897-01-NL
Key Words: INTERNET, SATCOM SERVICES, GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ORANJESTAD, ARUBA/RWI NEWS SERVICE:
<GLOBAL INTERNET AND SATCOM ACCESS SERVICES SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
TO SUPPORT GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE>
On June 20, 1995 was founded in Aruba RAINBOW WARRIORS INTERNATIONAL
(RWI), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable
development worldwide and human rights of Small Island Developing
States, indigenous peoples and peoples not represented in the United
The RWI campaigns and programs focus on:
1. Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons
2. Ocean and Coastal Ecology
3. Natural and Environmental Disasters
4. Waste Management and Toxic Waste
5. Biodiversity, Forests, Sustainable Land Use, Freshwater
6. Atmosphere and Energy
7. Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Peoples not represented
in the United Nations
8. International Cooperation and Telecommunications
9. Projects and Research Programs, focusing on themes 2 through 8
RWI combines effective management and marketing techniques of free
enterprise with activism and scientific research, using an integrated
approach to promote and implement sustainable development worldwide.
RWI employs ACTION UNITS (activism), PROJECT GROUPS (local & global
projects) and scientific WORK GROUPS. ACTION UNITS consist of
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and/or individuals, scientific
WORK GROUPS consist of individuals, and technical PROJECT GROUPS
consist of individuals, NGOs and/or companies.
Currently operational are:
Ã¾ Centre of Operations for Rights and Environment (CORE)
Ã¾ International Policy Work Group (IPWG)
Ã¾ Cetacean Work Group (CWG)
Ã¾ Ocean and Coastal Ecology Work Group (OCEWG)
Ã¾ Atmosphere, Space and Renewable Energy Technology Work Group
Ã¾ International Telecommunications Project Group (RWINETPG)
Ã¾ United Nations & Indigenous Tribes Opposing Nuclear Energy (UNIT
Ã¾ Biodiversity, Forests, Sustainable Land Use, Freshwater (TERRAWG)
Ã¾ International Waste Management and Toxic Wastes Work Group
Rainbow Warriors International was founded because:
Ã¾ it is not possible to deal with the issues of sustainable
development, human rights, social justice and environment in a
Ã¾ Small Island Developing States, unrepresented and indigenous
peoples are insufficiently addressed and have access to few
global program based development funds;
Ã¾ scientific research, activism and projects should be combined
wherever possible to achieve increase of scale of reach, cost
reduction and efficiency, utilizing the synergy effects of
combining non-profit goals with commercially run activities.
RWI performs scientific research, operate our own media and is planning
its own IT and telecommunications infrastructure (VPN & RainbowPorts),
which we will also be available to third parties, practices activism
on sustainable development and human rights issues, and will have its
own commercial (merchandising) activities, which include planned fair
trade outlets, and will help co-finance projects at grass roots level.
RWI is currently carried by the Level Seven International Group, a
hybrid network of commercial companies and non-profit organizations,
which all work on a rational, commercial and efficient basis.
The rationale is that the United Nations and many NGOs dedicated to
sustainable development and environmental issues allocate sizable
parts of their budgets to the upkeep of offices with paid officers,
often not involved in field work.
With the advent of new internet technologies, personal communication
services, thin client and satcom access terminal technologies small
non governmental organizations can be linked up together and achieve
similar functionality and output as large traditional organizations at
much lower cost.
This is becoming increasingly important as international financial
resources available for sustainable development and environmental
issues are currently in short supply.
NGOs and individuals linking up with Rainbow Warriors International
will have low cost access to a wide range of services and facilities,
in which economies of scales will contribute to lower overall costs.
Through efficient use of state-of-the-art telecommunications and
information technology we will be able to achieve an almost horizontal
organization structure with minimal staff.
The Internet eliminates a great many problems, and assuming a similar
transparency and efficiency as in the academic world, virtual offices
with free-lance telework staff members become possible.
Telework and PC conferencing technologies will eliminate the need for
physical regional offices, and enable Rainbow Warriors International
to work directly at the GLOBAL<->LOCAL level, this based on an
analysis of large global environmental organizations, which do not
function in this manner, thus being less efficient and having a larger
overhead on personnel.
Rainbow Warriors International will be invited to participate in the
Island Web Consortium (see http://www.skyejet.demon.co.uk) and is
looking for interested parties to help evolve a similar initiative
called the Indigenous Peoples Web Consortium.
We are looking for interested parties to link up with our Rainbow
Warriors International Telecommunications Work Group to further
develop our RainbowPort concept which will allow thin client and
satcom access terminal technologies, chip card and e-commerce
applications to be used within the concept of a virtual teleport as
defined by the World Teleport Association.
On November 5, 1997 the UNEP Mercure project was launched (see
http://www.estec.esa.nl/mercure) which addresses most of the issues to
be dealt with in the Island Web Consortium and our proposed Indigenous
Peoples Web Consortium.
The availability of PCS, Inmarsat satcom access services and satcom
access terminals such as Altus, thin client technologies, PDAs and the
planned systems Iridium, Globalstar, Teledesic (co-owned by Microsoft)
will make it possible in the near future to eliminate satellite
uplinks through stationary satellite earth stations thus increasing
the scope of access to services as currently provided by Mercure and
make them become accessible to Small Island Developing States and
We would like to invite all interested parties to help draft documents
to be submitted to the IETF and ITU-T to help develop and introduce
the technologies which will allow internet and satcom access for non
governmental organizations and individuals in Small Island Developing
States and Indigenous Peoples worldwide within the scenario sketched
Within this context, Rainbow Warriors International condemns the
current global strategies of Microsoft Corporation, which is intent on
trying to tie internet and satcom access to the Intel and Windows
platforms, thus potentially rendering unobtainable and unaccessible
other viable technologies to millions of users in developing countries.
In other words Microsoft's software and hardware initiatives (e.g.
through Citrix Systems and Teledesic) are a potential threat to global
sustainable development and thus form a direct threat to vested
interests of global and US international trade.
Rainbow Warriors International applauds the initiative by Sun
Microsystems, IBM Corp., Netscape Corp, Oracle and Novell to counter
this threat and would like to actively invite said companies to
provide support for the Island Web Consortium and Indigenous Peoples
Web Consortium initiatives.