Communist Web page and Rednet

Scott Marshall Scott at rednet.org
Fri Sep 15 06:13:00 MDT 1995


**'Reds' in cyberspace: Announcing the Rednet and Communist Party
Web page**

(Reprinted from the September 16, 1995 issue of the People's
Weekly World. Maybe reprinted or reposted with PWW credit. For
subscription information see below)

by Scott Marshall

The People's Weekly World has been available for over a year now
on the Internet. Each week articles are posted for reading in
several newsgroups including alt.activism,
misc.activism.progressive and alt.society.labor-unions.

Newsgroups are like electronic bulletin boards on the Internet
where messages, articles, and letters are posted for all to read.
In fact, some of these newsgroups are read by tens of thousands
of people every day. Alt.activism is one of the top newsgroups in
terms of numbers of readers.

These Peoples Weekly World articles, in turn, are picked up by
others and reposted to an even wider audience on mass electronic
mail (e-mail) mailing lists, on smaller networks in different
countries or on campuses. Articles are also stored on large
computers that maintain archives of interesting materials so
people can access them over phone lines to browse for
information. Literally, in this way, the articles from the
Peoples Weekly World become available to millions of people
around the world.

The People's Weekly World has been on the cutting edge of using
this new communications medium for the left. While it is still
true that most of the working class does not yet have access to
the Internet, every day thousands of new working class users are
going on line.

Due to the rapid increase in computer technology in all areas of
the work place, many have access through their job sites. Still
thousands more are getting access through services like America
Online, Compuserve, Prodigy and the new (built into the new
Windows95 operating system) Microsoft Network.

Now we're taking a bold step into some of the newer technology on
the Internet. In the last Cyber.News column I described the
explosive growth of the World Wide Web (WWW). It is a graphical
way of finding and viewing material on the Internet that is
easier to use and much more fun to look at. Web pages, as they
are called, can contain pictures, graphics, even video clips and
music sound tracks.

Turn your Web browser (computer software used to access the WWW)
to the following address:

http://www.tiac.net/users/brownh/cp-usa/cp-usa.html

It's an exciting experience.

Here you'll find all kinds of information about the Communist
Party, its activities and ideas. You'll also find a beautiful
online edition of the People's Weekly World, including articles
from the current edition of the paper each week and an archive of
past weeks articles.

Check out the 'Other Resources' link also. By clicking your mouse
on a link you can find other valuable Web pages full of
information and news useful for activists. (A mouse is the little
pointing device that all computers have grown in the last few
years.) One highlight is a link to the Detroit Journal, the Web
page of the striking Detroit newspaper workers.

There is another exciting cutting edge use of the Internet for
the left that we are pioneering. In a joint project with the
Communist Party of Canada, the Communist Party USA is helping to
establish the Rednet. Rednet is an e-mail network that allows for
the rapid exchange of articles, speeches, announcements and ideas
between Communist and workers parties, and their press around the
world.

This initiative and its potential has prompted quite a few
parties to establish computer connections to the Internet so they
can participate. The Rednet is already helping many papers,
including the People's Weekly World, get faster information and
an exchange of articles to help improve international coverage.
Though the Rednet is only in its infant stages, it offers great
possibilities for action and unity in international affairs.
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