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Community standards for email anonymity
Good point, Ted, what we're after is some "community standards"
for cyberspace, and what I'm suggesting is the fairly libertarian
standard that goes like this:
Prefer technological solutions and self-protection solutions
over rule-making, where they are feasible.
This is based on the notion that the more rules there are, the more
people will call for the "net police" to enforce them. If we can
encourage community standards which emphasize a prudent level of
self-protection, then we'll be able to make do with fewer rules and
a less intrusive level of policing.
Some more specific versions of this:
Self-protection Protection via rules
"Don't read the newsgroup Forbid all newsgroups which a
if it offends you" reasonable person would find offensive.
Allow anonymous posting Use software to Forbid all
in all newsgroups; use allow anonymity in anonymous posting.
information filters. some groups only.
Handle volume bombs by Track down volume bombs
using digital postage and and disconnect the offender.
Trace harrassing notes to Tell people to just ignore or filter
the source. out harrassing material.
I guess it's a matter of preference. I wonder if it's asking
too much to achieve general agreement among us cypherpunks?
-- Marc Ringuette ([email protected])