Brad Knowles wrote:
At 4:01 PM -0400 2003/10/22, David Maxwell wrote:
If the choice is between 'all mail servers are open, and all users must
accept spam' and 'mail servers authenticate connections in some way, and
activists need to create their own infrastructure to get messages out' -
I'll pick the second.
Would you be willing to bet your life on that? The life of your
family and friends? Would you be willing to have them tortured to death
while you watch, because you made this bet?
This reminds me of some relatives and their KGB stories :) In any case,
the need for privacy and anonymity is so engrained within the Internet
and IETF/IRTF culture, that sometimes it is hard to explain it to
someone else since it is so basic. In fighting spam, if privacy and
anonimity is touched, it needs to be explained why and how far. A very
careful balance must be struck between privacy, anonimity and the need
to authenticate people. For example, no need exists to autheticate
individuals if servers can be authenticated, etc.
Further, someone else at the IETF has once told that privacy and
anonimity are considered core values of the IETF, and that
things could get Orwellian really fast if privacy is surrendered; and
anonymity is a fundamental component of privacy.
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