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Re: Anonymity: A Modest Proposal

	With the release of digicash I hope that we can soon make this
stuff for-pay and much of the spam problem will be fixed. (Not all of
it, of course.)
	(I am rather hesitatnt to setup an account with Mark Twain
though.. $2,500 min balance and not FDIC insured?)

> Lance Cottrell writes:
> > I think one solution to this problem is to encourage (require) the use of
> > pseudonym servers. Having a server like alpha as the entity on the from
> > line has several advantages.
> > 
> > 1) Less Spam since it takes some effort to set up the nym and it will be 
> > taken away as soon as the spam starts.
> I fear this will be a short-lived gain. User-friendly scripts for 
> establishing pseudonymous accounts are pretty easy to write. They may be
> beyond the average Fast Money Maker, but I expect myself and others will be
> putting them out on the Net for general consumption. 
> I can certainly imagine one of those scripts being expanded to automatically 
> create [email protected], ..., [email protected] and emitting 
> the same spam once from each pseudonym to a different destination. You would
> want to apply a statistical spam filter (of the kind mentioned recently by
> Greg Broiles) to the entire output of each pseudonymizer in an attempt to
> nip such spams in the bud.
> Semi-permanent account status confers privileges to the user, IMHO. I
> believe a pseudonymous account ideally should be treated the same as a 
> regular account on an ISP. For example, an admin will not unilaterally close 
> an account upon receiving a single complaint about the account user. 
> Certainly I don't know of an ISP that routinely blocks its users' accounts
> from sending mail to selected other accounts. Lest I seem too presumptuous, 
> let me say that I realize all immediately foreseeable pseudonymizers are
> free services. Clearly these service providers can set whatever policies they
> wish, and are not directly competing with the fee-charging ISPs. Perhaps 
> future fee-charging pseudonymizers will consider these criteria in offering 
> enhanced services.
> -Futplex <[email protected]>

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