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Re: Spam Control Considered Harmful

  • From: Justin W. Newton
  • Date: Thu Oct 30 18:06:15 1997

At 12:55 PM 10/29/97 -0800, Scott Hazen Mueller wrote:
>>From: Phil Lawlor <[email protected]>
>Welcome to the discussion, Phil.
>>>a large-scale re-structuring of Internet mail to provide for secure
>>>authentication and cost sharing for received e-mail.
>>What if the equivalent of "caller ID" was built into sendmail?  Making sure
>>that the sender is a valid email address.
>It's a necessary precondition, but not sufficient by itself.  Also, simple
>address verification may or may not be enough.  There is no statute or case
>law that makes the owner of an address legally liable for the mail emitting
>from there - this could be an issue for claims of forgery and the like.
>The above notwithstanding, assume for the sake of argument that one could
>develop and deploy a secure mail system that authenticated message origin to
>the account level.  This would meet the first requirement, and could
>*possibly* be the infrastructure for building the second.  However, limiting
>anonymity likely wouldn't provide a strong deterrent by itself, since
>could still run through multiple non-anonymous dialup accounts over the
>lifetime of a spam campaign.

Slow down there folks.  Disallowing anonymity on the net is another
/serious/ issue.  If you need reasons why...

1) Incest and Rape support groups.

2) Political speech

Just keep on adding your reasons below, but please don't forward them to
the list.

Justin W. Newton                        voice: +1-650-482-2840 	
Senior Network Architect                  fax: +1-650-482-2844
Legislative and Policy Director, ISP/C
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