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Danocrat Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:23 PM
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ISP 'censored' anti-war email
ISP 'censored' anti-war email
By Sam Varghese
July 27, 2005 - 10:30AM

A US broadband provider and a security services company have been accused of blocking emails relating to an anti-Iraq war protest.

American online activist David Swanson says the provider, Comcast, and security services company Symantec, blocked emails drawing attention to the so-called Downing Street memo, which activists have seized on as further proof that the Iraq war was planned well in advance. The leaked memo was first published in Britain's The Times newspaper.

Swanson, the founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org website, claims emails sent to and from his subscribers were blocked for a week as he tried to co-ordinate events around the United States. He said the events would have had a far bigger turn-out had the block not been in place.
http://smh.com.au/articles/2005/07/26/1122143836194.htm...

Notice how it is an Australian source reporting this.
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:24 PM
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1. why have so many people been open to giving up their freedoms
for bush and company?

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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:34 PM
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3. Why you ask
Because they honestly think that they will gain something for their support. Little do they realize that they will get nothing, and that they will eventually suffer the same fate that they wish upon us who believe in freedom and democracy.


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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:33 PM
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2. this is exactly the reason I will never use comcast as an ISP
they're one of the worst, IMO.

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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:41 PM
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4. "We" were just talking about this last night ...
This was our suspicion; I can't say it's "nice" to have it confirmed...
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:46 PM
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5. this is old news and was well covered in DU
Verzion and others that used Symantec "brightmail" filter all had the problem but it was corrected in < 12 hours by Symantecs.

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MsTryska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:50 PM
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6. well now...wait a second......
how do you know it was willful censoring and not a spam reduction measure?


i can't read the article without registering, and i won't be registering (as a spam-reduction measure).


i deal with symantec's Brightmail solution, and if spam parameters are not set correctly within it, you get a lot of false positives.


especially if you keep it too strict -and then any mail from anyone sending to more than one person can get caught in it.


I wouldn't be so quick to think that Comcast and Symantec are trying to stop democracy - there is entirely too much data flying back and forth across the world, for either company to be spending that much time analyzing people's mail. that's what computer filtering is for, and soemtimes that's a bad thing.
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mrfrapp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:02 PM
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7. Common Carrier
If this is what it appears to be (and it does) then Comcast should lose their common carrier status and face any consequences as a result.
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Solo_in_MD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:41 PM
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9. ISPs are not common carriers
That why they can kick off spammers and other abusers.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:04 PM
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8. time for everyone to book up on pgp/gpg
Enough of this crap.
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