Just published - 9.9.00!
The Internet belongs to everyone, by Eric Lee.
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Latest news -
07 June 2023
- The leading candidate in the North American region, Karl Auerbach, acknowledged the strength of our campaign in a letter to all the candidates in the region. He wrote: "There are many strong points of view that perhaps neither Barbara, Emmerson, nor I [the 3 candidates currently ahead of labour candidate Eric Lee] will be well versed enough to cogently express. For example, it surprised me (although it shouldn't have) to see the strong expression for organized labor via Eric Lee and Jamie Love [in the DNSO 'election']. Whoever wins will need a good mechanism to learn about those points of view." 29 August 2000.
- ICANN has decided to extend the endorsement period by a week, to 8 September. If they can do this, why can't they reopen the at large membership to allow in all those who couldn't access their website in July? Details to follow. 24 August 2000.
- For Asia/Pacific trade unionists only Updated 25 August 2000
- For European trade unionists only Updated 23 August 2000
- Who rules cyberspace? "The similarities between the bodies that regulate and control cyberspace and those which regulate and control the global economy are striking. They all tend to be US-based, controlled by people who come out of the corporate elite, and far removed from civil society." 21 August 2000
- Slashdot-sponsored discussion of ICANN and civil society Dozens of messages from candidates, 94 comments posted so far, a typical free-ranging Slashdot discusson of the issues. 20 August 2000
- ICANN candidates in the North American region See how many ICANN members have endorsed Eric Lee, the independent labour candidate. We need over 400 endorsements just to get on the ballot. 16 August 2000
- Out Of Balance: ICANN Has Reserved All The Best Seats For The Corporate Elite - by Sandra Kegel From the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "ICANN wants to legitimize its authority with the election, which was supposed to guarantee that the 'citizens' of the World Wide Web had a say, along with industry representatives. But ICANN has reserved all the best seats for the corporate elite." Essential reading. 4 August 2000
- Results of the LabourStart poll on a proposed union Top Level Domain 71% say yes to Internet domain names ending in ".union". 4 August 2000
- The official ICANN nominees Win a prize if you can find the trade unionist in this bunch. 1 August 2000
- ICANN announces "success" of membership drive: less than 1/10th of 1% of online population registers to vote OK, so that's not exactly the spin ICANN gave to this story. But you do the numbers -- 158,000 out of 332 million. 31 July 2000
- Intervista a Eric Lee: Il futuro di Internet egrave; nelle vostre mani Interview with Eric Lee about ICANN elections. Appeared in Rassegna Online. In Italian. 21 July 2000
- Global union formally expresses interest in possible '.union' domain name for Internet Statement issued by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. 14 July 2000
- The future of the Internet is in your hands Eric Lee's article announcing his candidacy for the ICANN Board. 7 July 2000
Help us get on the ballot
ICANN's rules make it nearly impossible for independent candidates to get on the ballot. We need over 400 registered ICANN members to express their support. If you are a registered ICANN member in North America, click here to endorse Eric Lee's candidacy.
Click here to track our progress A clever bit of programming on the icannot website allows you to see in real time how the endorsements are going. Right now, we're in 4th place out of 54 candidates, but only if there's a 50% voter turnout do we stand a chance of getting a labour candidate on the ballot for the October election.
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The Internet belongs to everyone:
Radical thoughts on the governance of cyberspace
by Eric Lee
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Who is Eric Lee?
Click here to visit our new page about the candidate including comments from trade unionists around the globe.
"As organized labour is one of the biggest non governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world, it would be only natural if it had its representatives on the ICANN Board."
"It needs to be emphasized that the internet use among trade unionists and their organzations is growing very fast. It is used for the defence of human and trade union rights, education, development of collective bargaining, promotion of occupational safety and health, protection of environment, advancement of women, abolition of child labour and many other causes and purposes. Therefore it is important that the trade union movement through its representative(s) has a say in how the Internet is run."
"The International Federation of Building and Wood Workers, IFBWW, representing 11 million members in 281 trade unions in 124 countries with HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, would like to endorse the candidature of Mr Eric Lee for the ICANN Board."
"He would represent the internationally and globally organized labour . . . a committed labour activist with a great knowledge of the Information Technology - one of the true pioneers of the IT solutions for the organized labour."
-- Piotr Zeydler, Information Officer
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If your union (national or local) endorses Eric Lee, please let us know. Send us an email.