|Issue No 68||25 August 2000|
Making a Difference in ICANN Elections
By Linda Gale (Australian Education Union)
Many people in the labour movement are campaigning for the creation of a 'dot union' domain name. Eric Lee is the principal independent labour candidate pushing this argument around the Web.
Loads of Australian union activists recently joined Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Members at Large in the hope of supporting Eric Lee - the editor of the LabourStart website - as a trade union candidate in the forthcoming ICANN elections. ICANN is the international body which decides key Internet governance issues.
(For more information about Eric Lee and his campaign for a 'dot union' domain name visit the LabourStart website - www.labourstart.org)
Unfortunately many of us, including me, only discovered after enrolling as an ICANN Member at large that geographic location means you are not able to endorse Eric Lee as a candidate. Frustrating. We can only wait and rely on our North American colleagues to give Eric the numbers.
But I suggest that for those of us who have enrolled as ICANN Members at Large there is still something we can do in our region to get better progressive and community representation on the ICANN Board. That is to endorse a progressive candidate in the Asia/Australia/Pacific region.
I have read through the policy statements of the @Large candidates in our region, and I think one stands out clearly as the best candidate.
She is Yukika Matsumoto, an activist in a range of peace, women's and community organisations in Japan.
In order to get on the ballot paper, she will need to receive endorsements from at least 2% of the @Large voters in the region, and have one of the top three numbers of endorsements from the region, which means she will need at least around 500 endorsements. This morning she has 235.
I strongly urge union activists from the Asia/Australia/Pacific region to endorse Ms Matsumoto before September 8.
You can find her statement at: http://members.icann.org/nom/cp/155.htm
Ms Matsumoto does not identify as a trade unionist in her campaign statement, but she clearly would represent the interests of the non-commercial users of the internet, with strong involvement in progressive community organisations.
If we do not work to get Ms Matsumoto onto the ballot paper, in my view it will be much harder to find anyone worth voting for to represent an alternative, progressive perspective in our region.
If you have taken the first step of joining up to ICANN, then please take this extra step NOW.
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