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Re: Fun new policy at AOL
From: "Dr. Jeffrey Race" <jrace () attglobal net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 05:54:16 +0700


On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 12:07:30 -0400, Matthew Crocker wrote:

It can be built without choke points.  ISPs could form trust 
relationships with each other and bypass the central mail relay.  AOL 
for example could require ISPs to meet certain criteria before they are 
allowed direct connections.  ISPs would need to contact AOL, provide 
valid contact into and accept some sort of AUP (I shall not spam 
AOL...) and then be allowed to connect from their IPs.  AOL could kick 
that mail server off later if they determine they are spamming.

Now there is an idea!  However an improved variant is to make the
entire internet a 'trust relationship' using the (obvious) steps you
propose.   For several months I have been pondering possible details of
implementing same; see <http://www.camblab.com/misc/univ_std.txt>.
Comments welcome.

Jeffrey Race


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