[funsec] AOL Charged With Blocking Opponents' e-Mail

Dave Dennis dmd at speakeasy.org
Thu Apr 13 18:13:39 CDT 2006


Wow, over 500 orgs want AOL not to do its job and filter spam how it sees best
fits its revenue model.

They're always allowed to get different email accounts, I would assume.

Guess not.

-Dave D
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On Thu, 13 Apr 2006, Fergie wrote:

> Via C|Net News.
>
> [snip]
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> America Online on Thursday apparently began blocking subscribers from sending or receiving e-mail containing the Web address of a petition against the company's upcoming certified-mail program.
>
> The Internet service provider, which has roughly 20 million subscribers in the United States, began bouncing e-mail communications with the URL "Dearaol.com" sometime early Thursday, according to nonprofit MoveOn.org.
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> A e-mail sent by CNET News.com to an AOL.com address and containing the URL "www.dearaol.com" bounced back on Thursday afternoon with a system administrator note that read: "The e-mail system was unable to deliver the message, but did not report a specific reason."
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> Dearaol.com is a coalition of companies and individuals against AOL's adoption of GoodMail's CertifiedEmail, an antispam program that requires marketers to pay to ensure delivery of their e-mail messages and circumvent spam filters. The Web site contains an open letter and a petition that calls on people to protest what it calls an "e-mail tax" that would inhibit the Internet's inherent free flow of information and create a two-tiered system.
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> [snip]
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> More:
> http://news.com.com/2100-1030_3-6061089.html
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> - ferg
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