Eric Lee writes: "The editor of LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement and author of The Labour Movement and the Internet: The New Internationalism, challenges the growing use of Facebook by unions and other campaigning organizations. Using the examples of PointCast, ICQ and MySpace, and little-known examples of censorship by Facebook and other social networks, he urges social change activists to use do-it-yourself tools to conduct online campaigns rather than to become over-reliant on Facebook."
Eric Lee writes: "An attempt by a London charity to stop campaigners using the web to highlight its pay cuts has ended in failure, according to this report in The Register. The LabourStart website, which orchestrated the online campaign on behalf of Britain's public sector union Unison had been compelled by internet service provider 1&1 to take down a campaign which the employer had declared to be "potentially libellous" — and then promptly relaunched the campaign on a new site, hosted in Australia, cheekily called We will not be silenced. Several days after the campaign was closed down on 1&1, the company notified LabourStart that the material was in fact not defamatory. LabourStart has now informed 1&1 that it is considering raising the behavior of the company with Britain's regulatory body for the communications sector, Ofcom."