Edited/Distributed by HURINet - The Human Rights Information Network --------------------------------------------------------------------- ## author : email@example.com ## date : 05.10.00 --------------------------------------------------------------------- .UNION - an Internet Domain Name for Trade Unions proposed to ICANN Brussels, October 2,2000: The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has submitted a proposal to the Internet Corporation for Assigned names and numbers (ICANN) for the creation of a global "top-level domain" (TLD) on the Internet for trade unions. This would give trade unions the possibility of registering Internet addresses with a distinct trade union identity. The ICFTU's proposal calls for a "restricted" non-commercial domain, ".union", in which only trade union organisations would be allowed to register domain names. The proposal outlines in detail how the community of trade union organisations around the world would be guaranteed a democratic say in the formulation of policies in certain areas of the TLD, such as guidelines for use, and the eligibility of organisations to make name registrations in the domain. A group of over 20 national and international trade union organisations contributed to the preparation of the proposal. The group included the AFL-CIO (USA), ACTU (Australia), COSATU (South Africa), RENGO (Japan), DGB (Germany), TUC (UK), Union Network International (representing unions in the information and service sectors), and Public Services International (representing public sector workers' unions). The ICFTU teamed up with UK-based POPTEL Ltd to prepare the technical and business-oriented "Registry Operator's proposal" section of the application. "This initiative, if successful, will be a valuable step forward for trade unions, as we move forward into the information age," said Bill Jordan, the ICFTU's General-Secretary. "It will allow us to manage for ourselves a section of the Internet along lines tailored to the needs of trade union organisations around the world. This proposal is symbolic of an international trade union movement increasingly engaged in innovative use of new communications technologies." It is a general priority of the international trade union movement to get trade unions connected, and taking advantage of the new communications technologies. A weighted pricing policy is therefore proposed to encourage trade union organisations from even the least developed parts of the world to make use of the TLD. Any profits from the operation of the TLD will be placed in a "digital divide" fund to support efforts to build union connectivity around the world. The proposal shows how supplementary policies, designed especially for trade unions, would be put in place to encourage conciliation in domain name disputes. The proposal also includes provisions to make the TLD function, over time, in other languages (eg. ".union", ".syndicat", ".sindicato", ".gewerkschaft"). The TLD, if approved by ICANN, can be used by trade union organisations as an alternative to existing Internet addresses, which use extensions like ".com", or ".org", or country-based addresses such as ".uk", ".de" or ".za". ICANN, whose deadline for proposals ends today at 5pm sharp Pacific time, was instructed by its board to encourage applications for new TLDs, and asked that proposals show diversity. According to ICANN, the proposals received will to be published on the web (http://www.icann.org) after October 5th, to launch a public comment process, in which workers' organisations around the world are encouraged to participate. Comments will be used in an evaluation of which TLD proposals will go on to form the basis of the first names to be added to the Internet since the 1980s. The ICFTU (http://www.icftu.org) has 125 million members, in 215 affiliated organisations in 145 countries and territories. POPTEL, a UK-based Internet-service provider (http://www.poptel.net), is a fully unionised and employee-owned co-operative. POPTEL was named number one ISP in the UK by PCPlus Magazine in February of this year. ____________________________ For more information, please contact Duncan Pruett, Information and IT Coordinator, ICFTU Tel: +32 (2) 224 0219 Cell: +32 (477) 861 903 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.icftu.org ========== HURIDOCS-Tech listserv ========== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/huridocs-tech/ To subscribe to the list, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the following text in the message: subscribe huridocs-tech To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to <email@example.com>, with the following text in the message: unsubscribe huridocs-tech If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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