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SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Received the following from G. R. (email address ommitted for security), who serves with Frontiers. My question to him was whether or not we could set up something like the brigada-albania-durres conference for a Muslim field and not risk compromising security. You can see that he actually seems to favor emailed stuff over and above fax, phone, or air mail! I’ve written him back for the encryption routine of his choice. Picked up a resource tonight judging the relative merits of various encryption programs and hope to test a few here in the next couple of weeks. Here’s GR’s reply:

Doug,
Your question about security and safety is a broad one and I am not sure what you are after.

If you are looking for heavy duty personal safety, terrorist threat, etc., Contingency Preparation Consultants, (805) 647-4329 are tops as far as I know. They do workshops, training, put out literature and maintain a good bibliography.

If you are talking mail into limited access areas, plain envelopes, no postage meter use and have someone who is security conscious read before mailing. Words that show a group or organization at work, talk politics, talk evangelism, church planting, etc. (changing the national religion or ways), use “Christian vocabulary”, ask how many were saved etc., discuss organizational news or church news regading the addressee are out.

Do not mail religious material or items unless asked. Ask people in the field what security rules they want you to follow. Phone and fax are similar to mail. E-mail is similar but can be encripted and with passwording, compression, etc. is relatively safe. Hope this helps, GR

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MARC’S JOHN ROBB GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR BRIGADA

We recently wrote John Robb to ask these questions: “[Doug’s original note to John]

As you might recall, our original time line called for going “public” on April 2nd. At this point, I’m feeling we might be able to better that milepost, aren’t you? Maybe we can shoot for March 1st now to open the conference up broadly? That’ll give us still another month to work out the kinks and get some flow going. We picked up the Argentina conference today. That’s La Plata, the city that Pete Wagner and company visited over the past few years. We also heard back from the Kazakh Partnership Letter editor and they’re going to try to scan in their newsletter to produce ascii text. If we can pull it off, that’ll give us the Kazakh start that we need. I believe we’re at the point that we can go to the Crimean Tatar group now…. Still, don’t let me rush us if you feel we ought to hold back some more … I have a tendency to want to move fast on this kind of thing…. :-) Thanks again for your help!
Doug


John Robb just replied, “Doug, You are the best one to decide the time. If you have enough feedback and are satisfied that you have all the bases covered, then go ahead. Perhaps a pilot version, more scaled down could be launched first to see how it works and to get the bugs out of it.
-John

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BASED ON JOHN ROBB’S INPUT, A BRIGADA “PILOT” VERSION LAUNCHED

Based on John Robb’s input, we’ll be immediately launching a kind of “pilot version” of Brigada, with plans for a full implementation some 60-90 days from now.
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SUB-CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!

You can request a list of active conferences by sending a message to hub@xc.org (without the braces) with a one-line message: conferences

In about 2 minutes, you’ll receive a reply from the hub with all conferences listed. You can then subscribe to any of the other lists using the same approach. Send a message to hub@xc.org and write in the body (not subject) of the message:

subscribe brigada-albania-durres
subscribe brigada-projects-lex96
subscribe brigada-orgs-teamex
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The “end” is optional but recommended, esp. in the cases of services that put a ‘signature file’ on the end of your message.

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ARGENTINA PRAYER NETWORK UPDATE

The APNU (La Plata) is soon to come on board Brigada…. Watch closely for announcements about brigada-argentina-laplata, which should be added within the next couple of days. The email updates that have been going out solely via Compuserve will now be broadcast from the CrossConnect server, and allow all the more dialogue and exchange afterward!
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ISLAMIC PRAYER FOCUS STARTS TODAY

Contact World Christian News for more copies…. 719-380-0505.
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LEX96 CONFERENCE READY SOON!

Check the lex96 conference tomorrow for an update on today’s focus groups in Lexington. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so and still catch the next posting.
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ALBANIA NEWS

Check the durres conference tomorrow for an update on the Northeast Chr. Ch. and its ‘next steps’ regarding the adoption of the second largest city in Albania. Feel free to subscribe.
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HEARTBEAT ONLINE COMES ONLINE

Check the teamex (Team Expansion) conference for the HeartBeat On-line on Thursday. Those who have subscribed will automatically be dropped from the weekly direct mailings.
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“WHERE DO I POST AN ITEM???”

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