Technology Services

The Critical Path AIDS Project was founded by Kiyoshi Kuromiya, who demonstrated that the Internet can provide a cost-effective means of delivering life-saving information to otherwise hard-to-reach populations. After his death from AIDS in 2000, Philadelphia FIGHT continued and expanded his work to offer Internet services to the larger community.

For many years Critical Path has provided free website hosting, electronic list hosting, and email accounts to support small and local organizations and advocacy groups that don’t have extra funds to spend on technology.  We provided an alternative model for access to information on the Internet because we believe that local control of technology and Internet resources frees us to do the work that we need to do.

It is with a heavy heart that due to loss of funding and our inability to provide the kind of support that we would like to provide, we can no longer support the hosting of websites, lists, and email accounts on our system.

These services will end as of July 30th, 2014. 

Fortunately, Critical Path is managed by the progressive Internet Hosting Service collective, MayFirst/PeopleLink.  MF/PL is a politically progressive, democratically run membership organization specializing in Internet work whose members are located primarily in the United States and Mexico. May First members pool resources (through dues) and then share those resources (like webhosting, email, etc.). It’s like having an Internet service provider except that, with May First, you can use what you need — as many websites, email accounts, mail lists, storage, etc. — without paying a penny. All you pay is dues: $200 a year for organizations and $100 a year for individuals. May First is also a leading organization in all kinds of coalitions like the U.S. Social Forum (which is taking place in 2015 in four cities including Philadelphia).

What you need to know if:

You Host a Website on Critpath:

If you wish, you can become a member of MayFirst/PeopleLink for $200/year, and without moving your website or any disruption to your website, they will continue to provide you with website hosting services. In fact, they will provide you with far more services and access than Critical Path has been able to provide you.  To switch become a member of MayFirst/PeopleLink, contact them now: https://mayfirst.org/joinus

In the contact form, please put that you are a CP user and your current CP account.

After July 30th, 2014, we will no longer continue to maintain your website and it will not be live on the Internet unless you have either become a member of MayFirst/PeopleLink or you have moved it to another hosting company. You should direct all help desk questions after July 30th, 2014 to MayFirst/PeopleLink.  

You host an Electronic List on Critpath:

MayFirst/PeopleLink. They have agreed to keep all of the lists on their system, under the domain of Critical Path! This means that nothing will change for your list, except who you will contact if you have an issue and need help desk support. MF/PL has agreed to do this whether you become a member or not. However, they are a great organization so it may be worth your while to become a member and have all your needs hosted by them, especially if you want to create new lists in the future.

After July 30th, 2014, Critical Path will no longer provide you with technical help desk support. You should direct all help desk questions after July 30th, 2014 to MayFirst/PeopleLink at: https://support.mayfirst.org/

You have an Email Account with Critpath:

If you wish to keep your critpath email, you can switch your email and become a member of MayFirst/PeopleLink, contact them now: https://mayfirst.org/joinus

In the contact form, please put that you are a CP user and your current CP account.

After July 30th, 2014, we will continue to maintain your email account for a short while, but you will no longer be able to receive mail to it. You should direct all help desk questions after July 30th, 2014 to MayFirst/PeopleLink at: https://support.mayfirst.org/

If you do not wish to switch to MayFirst/PeopleLink, you have 5 months to change your email to another email program, download any old emails sitting in your critpath email inbox, and let your friends and acquaintances know that you will have a new email.

We apologize that we cannot provide these services anymore and we thank you for being a part of the Critical Path family. If you need help in this transition, you are welcome to contact us for support at support@critpath.org or calling 215-985-4448 x145.

The Critical Path Team