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Antispam Bills: Worse Than Spam
Electronic Frontier Foundation's head counsel Cindy Cohn, for instance, argues that antispam crusaders are forgetting the Internet's first principle -- information flows freely from end to end. Cohn fears that the Internet's openness will be collateral damage in the war against unwanted e-mail.
Cohn says her organization's position on spam blocking can be boiled down to a simple proposition: "All nonspam e-mail should be delivered." It's an information age take on the Hippocratic oath, which requires doctors to first do no harm. "It's not the job of an ISP to block e-mail," added Cohn. "E-mail isn't a toy anymore. If I don't get an e-mailed notice from the federal district court mailing list, it's malpractice."
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