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Invitation to Co-Sign Letter to IEEE Election Candidatesregarding ISTO

8 October 2000

IEEE is now carrying out its annual election. Many candidates have 
prepared position statements, but none addresses the issue of how 
IEEE will deal with its Industry Standards and Technology 
Organization (ISTO). As a voter, it is essential for me to understand 
their positions on this critical issue.

In order to gather input on this topic, and to educate the candidates 
on it, I have prepared a letter inquiring as to their positions. I 
have posted the letter to my personal web site 

In order to let the candidates know that others share my interest in 
their positions, I am requesting that those who do please let me know 
that they they wish to be listed as co-signers of the letter. To 
join, first read the letter and then follow the link at the end to a 
simple form. I will ask for your name and IEEE status to pass along 
to the candidates, and I will collect your email address so that I 
may pass any responses back to you. I will also post candidate 
responses to the web.

Time is short. I will distribute my letter to the candidates in one 
week: on 15 October 2000. I will post their responses as I receive 
them. On 26 October, I will email the co-signers (and other 
interested individuals and groups) with a URL to the candidate 
positions. This is six days before the 1 November 2000 deadline for 
the receipt of ballots.

If you care about this issue, please read the letter 
<> and then co-sign it immediately if 
you wish.

If IEEE is to continue to function as a vibrantly democratic 
institution, the members need to know the stance of the candidates on 
the most important issues we face. If you are interested in IEEE's 
relationship with ISTO, please participate by joining me.


Roger Marks, IEEE Member

Please feel free to distribute this Invitation to colleagues who may 
be interested.

cc: candidates in IEEE Election