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Re: making mail traceable

2004-01-19 07:33:59

But do we really want traceability? Or to put it another way, do we really want to put hooks in the mail system that make mass surveillance (by governments, or perhaps even by large companies or unscrupulous ISPs) that much easier?

Speaking for myself, I really would like the option to not use bandwidth receiving email from previously unknown senders unless its source can be traced.

well I suppose you could say that the reason I'm publicly discussing these ideas now is that spam has gotten bad enough that extreme measures seem to be required.

also, earlier versions of this scheme made surveillance easier than the one I just proposed.