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WWW.BAGUS.ORG Opens Web Site Promoting Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Socially Responsible Business. on 9/31/1999
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San Francisco, CA - April 7th, 1999 - http://www.bagus.org went live on the Internet today as a home for the collection and dissemination of information on sustainable development and human rights, promoting pathways to more responsible businesses, governments and civil society.

The word "bagus" means "the best" in Malaysian. "Bagus.org is a Web site dedicated providing the best information on the Internet," says John Haig, www.bagus.org's director and chief engineer.

"I strongly believe that consumers can slow environmental degradation and discourage human rights violations if we have enough information about the sources of our economic decisions. Now organizations and businesses have a resource that will help them learn about how commodities are made and the effect their purchases have on the global society," Haig says.

The www.bagus.org site opens today with sections for Clean Water, Homelessness, Racism, the Energy Industry, the War in Kosovo and more. "The contributions we receive on these subjects make the site a useful tool, drawing researchers who in turn add their own information" said Haig. More sections will be launched as editors take up new areas of content.

Haig's experience as a scientist, activist, and Web site developer provided the skills needed to both conceptualize and realize bagus.org. The bagus.org Web site uses the power and flexibility of the FreeBSD operating system, the Apache Web server, Apache's Jserv and Bitmechanic GSP Java servelets, and MySQL database along with Web standard technologies such as html and cascading style sheets. These provide a no- to low-cost solution for organizations that want to publish on the Internet.

The same technology used to power the www.bagus.org site will be made available to organizations interested in publishing human rights, environmental and other information. "The best thing about it," says Haig, "is that you don't need to hire a designer to get your content online, and you don't need an engineer to help keep track of what's on your site." Editing content, organizing the structure of a Web site and changing the appearance of individual pages is made simple. Haig says it will be easy for a senior editor to offload sections to separate editors while maintaining ultimate control over the whole site.

"Once I tentatively put the word out about the site's intent, I received tremendous support from volunteers who also want varied sources of information on timely topics," Haig says. "Certainly, I want www.bagus.org to grow, but its real measure of success will be in the resulting social change as people realize the importance of gathering information and acting on their beliefs."

Bagus.org's staff consists solely of volunteers. For more information, email bagus@bagus.org or visit the web site at http://www.bagus.org

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