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Re: The Net Causing E-Mail Problems?

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 10:47:21 -0700
Archived: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 07:15:56 -0400
Subject: Re: The Net Causing E-Mail Problems?


>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:29:41 -0400
>Subject: Re: The Net Causing E-Mail Problems?

>>From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 11:43:08 -0700
>>Subject: Re: The Net Causing E-Mail Problems?

>>>I've had a few mails/calls about mail not getting through
>>>over the past 24-hours. I've sent myself messages, some
>>>make it, some don't...

>>>If you've submitted posts for the List that don't appear
>>>by this time tomorrow please re-send.

>>Although most of us view this 'electronic void' we call 'he
>>Internet as the New Frontier in terms of freedom of speech and a
>>means to unlock the chains that bind us all by the corporate
>>controlled mainstream media (CCMM), unbeknownst to most is that
>>it is not without fault in that regard.

>>There exists a form of censorship in the worst degree that most
>>Internet users are ignorant of; this censorship falls under the
>>guise of spam, to which most of us who've spent anytime on the
>>net are keenly aware of!

>>Some ISPs e.g., Comcast use RBL's (Real Time Blacklists) and
>>filter your mail without you even knowing it. This is analogous
>>to your neighborhood mailman withholding your letters from Aunt
>>Hildagard because he knows she is last in the pecking-order of
>>your favorite aunts.

<snip>

>I had to give up the freedom of accepting everything in my own
>mail server when email at the rate of 20 to 30 thousand messages
>an hour began to clog the system. These originated in China, for
>the most part, but a filter had to be installed to block them.
>The freedom and openness of the Internet will be tempered by
>factors over which we have little control, and its functionality
>is at stake here.

You realizing you have a problem, and you taking measures to
remedy that problem by whatever means you see fit re. spam, or
an attack are certainly acceptable and appropriate.

>Let's also be clear in that all email (unless encrypted) is
>scanned at the primary mail hosts and thus there is no real
>privacy of communications on the net.

Privacy is another bone of contention; my concerns in this
instance are censorship and manipulation of one's mail without
their knowledge.

Because I have a mailing List (not unlike Errol's) for the
Knowledge is Power web-site, I inadvertently ended up on an RBL
list; at the time I didn't have a clue as to what all of it
meant, and how or why I was put on it.

I quickly found out it was analogous to Identity Theft, i.e.,
easy to effectuate, but very difficult to undo!

Early on I became cognizant that friends and colleagues were not
receiving my e-mail; although, I was made aware that my e-mail
wasn't getting through, the recipients hadn't a clue!

After some in-depth research, I found out that I was initially
put on the RBL list in an automated fashion, by a third party
spam company that C2C uses.

Now to be clear, C2C often links to articles at the Knowledge is
Power web-site and the webmasters have been on my mailing List
for years - as well as George and Art for that matter - there
were no humans involved in this action!

Now trying to get a human involved at this point, is almost
impossible! Although, I have lightened the problem, it is not
entirely fixed to this day!

While, I'm sure the level of frustration would have been the
same no matter the case, I was neck-deep in research at the
time, and unrestricted communication was vital! On the other
hand, I'm always neck-deep in research.

So the synopsis is this:

The current methodology for restricting spam is flawed, to say
the least, and in my view unlawful if we regard e-mail with the
same discretion as we do snail mail delivered to us by the US
Postal service.

There are two victims i.e., the sender as well as the recipient.

There is no easy means to remedy mistakes!

These third party companies do this for profit and in some cases
are most arrogant in their acts!

Finally, the e-mail sending public is sick and tired of spam,
and is desperate for solutions; however, the afore-mentioned
means is certainly not the answer, and most are ignorant of
these specifics.

Education on these matters is paramount, and censorship and
manipulation, of ones e-mail is intolerable, and should be
treated as such!


Regards,

Frank



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