From: Jay Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 09:22:50 PDT
> i'll just re-read vinton cerf's letter of clarification re the gore misquote.
> isn't he on the ICANN board?
Timely thing to say. Vint just endorsed Gore, along with Jobs, Andreesen
'Father of Internet' endorses Al Gore
By Thomas Ferraro
St. LOUIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Vinton Cerf, known as a bona fide ``Father
of the Internet,'' has
endorsed the presidential bid of a one-time, self-proclaimed inventor of
it -- Al Gore.
Gore's campaign said on Monday that Cerf is one of more than 420
high-tech leaders who have
decided to back the Democratic vice president's White House bid.
Running mate Joseph Lieberman plans to formally announce their backing
during a visit to Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday
and then hold a conference call with many of them, aides said.
``These high-tech leaders know Al Gore understands the new economy and
will make responsible choices to see that the
economy stays strong,'' said Gore spokesman Douglas Hattaway.
Gore, a longtime proponent of advancements in technology, has conceded
one of his biggest mistakes was when he was
seen as claiming credit a few years ago for helping invent the Internet.
Still, many in the industry credit Gore, particularly during his years
in Congress, for pushing for increased funding for
federal research that did help bring about the Internet.
Cerf played a key hands-on role in development of Internet and
Internet-related data packet and security technologies
while working for the U.S. Department of Defence's Advanced Research
Widely known as a ``Father of the Internet,'' he is currently a senior
vice president of Internet Architecture and Technology
for WorldCom. Inc.
In addition to Cerf, other high-tech leaders endorsing Gore were: Xerox
(NYSE:XRX - news) CEO Paul Allaire; Apple
(NasdaqNM:AAPL - news) CEO Steve Jobs; Netscape founder Marc Andreeseen;
Rob Glaser, CEO and founder of Real
Networks; Donna Dubinsky, CEO and co-founder of Handspring; John Doerr,
a leading venture capitalist at Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Leo Hindery, CEO of Global Centre, Inc.
While Gore won the backing of some of high-tech's biggest names,
Republican foe George W. Bush has managed to get
more of the industry's campaign donations.
According to the nonpartisan Centre for Responsive Politics, as of Sept.
1, Bush reported receiving $972,199 in
contributions from the industry, nearly twice as much as Gore, $448,554.
-- "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig" -Clint Eastwood, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" 1967
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