A2Community.net is a closed community for the most part -- more private than public. To keep it that way, we have installed a security certificate, which encrypts all data uploaded/downloaded (including passwords), as well as a personal login to access 99% of the site. Most content cannot be viewed unless logged in. Only approved people can register for an account on A2community.net.

This is why I think it is safe to post your birthdates and cell phone numbers on this site, as it is fairly locked down. It will be helpful for us to know we can always go to someone's profile to get their current address and phone info. That said, I am not naively assuming that our intranet will never, ever get hacked; but in a community our size, I think it is unlikely our site will be targeted.

So who will be allowed to register?

To answer this question, let's take a look at three subsets of people:

Who's in?

  1. Asian Access staff and spouses (and children, see "A2 MK's" #8 below)
  2. National Directors, plus working team members, for our 20 countries; this is another reason why we want a high-security site.
  3. Country Resource Coordinators
  4. A2 leadership development participants (except for spouses)
  5. Recent A2 alumni (e.g., when CPAs return home, I doubt that we will suspend/delete their accounts.)
  6. U.S. Board of Directors
  7. Volunteers
  8. A2 MKs 13+ years of age - It might be fun to connect our MKs using this site, which in most ways, is much safer than Facebook and My Space.

Who's out?

  1. The public-at-large
  2. All search engines and robots - They are not allowed to search our site or collect data for their engines; major search engines actually do respect our privacy preferences.
  3. A2 donors (though down the road a ways, they may only have access to a small private section of the site for their own accounts to administer their donations, address changes, etc.)

Who's on the bubble?

  1. A2 Faculty - pros and cons, of course, but there are advantages to having the faculty login and find pertinent information, as well as keeping them connected to A2.
  2. MK's under 13 years of age: These younger missionary kids are certainly welcome, but need the written permission of their parents in order to register.

There are other groups and audiences to consider, but these are the main ones I can think of right now.

Finally, let me add that the price of a high-security site is a lot of logins and certificate acceptance messages. But we place a higher value on security here than on any of our public sites (asianaccess.org, go2japan.org, etc.).

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