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Re: <nettime> Jody Ribtot: The Hostile Email Landscape
Nick on Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:39:40 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Jody Ribtot: The Hostile Email Landscape


Quoth nettime's_landscaper:

> If you were to launch a new mail server right now, many networks would
> simply refuse to speak to you. The problem: reputation.

It is a sad state of affairs indeed. Bradley Kuhn recently wrote 
about very similar issues he had running his own mail server: 
http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/2015/09/15/email.html

It sucks in particular because email is already in a more precarious 
state than it should be with people relying more on surveillance-as-
a-business services for communication (admittedly gmail is also in 
that category, but at least it's a distributed system enough that 
one doesn't have to accept its terms to communicate with people who 
use it.) I am finding that the proportion of my friends I can write 
to electronically is gradually diminishing as a result. I find it 
sad.

Maybe some new service that is actually engineered to respect people 
(there are several reasonable looking candidates) will get popular 
enough that it will take the place email had. Maybe.


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