[Marxism] Political censorship via spam filtering
Carlos A. Rivera
cerejota at optonline.net
Wed May 4 05:51:59 MDT 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "glparramatta" <glparramatta at greenleft.org.au>
> Political censorship via spam filtering
Interesting article, but to close to conspiracy theory to be convincing. For
example, there is no "US administration" back spam black list, there are
several competing blacklists all from non-governmental sources.
Furthermore, he indicates that all of these messages come from mailing
lists. As a general rule, messages sent to multiple recipients or mailing
lists automatically score higher in Spam scores, and from there it just
requires a little typo here and there and voila, there is a "suspected
Judging from what the article describes, his is a case not of censorship,
but of an overzealous spam blocker that considers all multi-recipient and
mail-list messages not in the address book as potential spam.
I have always, as a technologist, thought content blockers and spam filters
had political potential, and are indeed in such use world-wide, but except
for a few countries (Germany, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China etc) this are
organizational bans, not State bans.
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