bulk postage fine (was Re: non-censorous spam control)

bpettigrew at usa.net bpettigrew at usa.net
Sat Aug 2 16:25:39 PDT 1997

aba at dcs.ex.ac.uk wrote:
> OK, lets say we make emails free, unmetered, but they _must_ include 
> valid token for 0c.  (OK Dimitri?)
> Next we choose a threshold say 1000 posts per day.  Seems hard to
> imagine anyone generating manually over 1000 emails per day.  That's
> more than 1 per minute for a 10 hour day.
> Next when you sign up for this new email postage system, you have to
> hand over a $100 deposit.  The 0c payments are anonymous.  But if 
> spend over 1000 of them in one day, your identity becomes known (via 
> mechanism like that used for Chaum's off-line double spending
> detection protocol).  You loose $100.  To you, the spammer, the 
> cost 10c each.  Your account is disabled until you pay another $100.

How would this work.  The ISP is enforcing these rules?  But the email
is not anonymous to the ISP.  Or is the email going through a 

Why not just have an ISP say you can't send more than 1000 emails a
day.  But then what stops other ISPs from using different rules to
get the business of spammers.

	Bubba Pettigrew

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