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I assume you heard about Echelon. The project to tap into
our communication and scan for keywords for the safety of
all, managed by our favourite intelligence agencies.
I like that idea a lot. What I don't like is that they are hiding
the results. I want to see what their software
are tapping into all my communication. Am I an enemy of the
state? Unlikely, but if I try I want to see how I am doing.
For those who like to play with their privacy, you set up an
SMTP server where all the mail that registered users send
receive passes. The server scans this e-mail for keywords
a standard list or a personalised list. For each user a special
URL is given where everyone can read your e-mail.
Not every message, that's too boring, just the statistics.
many times the word sex, privacy, password, mp3, etc.
This is entertaining in many ways. It gives you a way to show
personality without any extra effort. It shows other sides of
yourself than through your webcam. Less labour intensive
than imood.com. For advertisers it's also interesting. If a
is mentioning RAM and iBook suddenly he is apparently
shopping around for that. Make him an offer he can't
Personalised SPAM! Finally.
Outgoing e-mail is rated higher than incoming off course. I
don't want to be associated with the content of all the
messages I receive.
A funny e-mail with keywords that someone came up with which might be filtered out by Echelon. [rrr, Sep 21 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]
monitoring e-mail in the mailclient for 'bad' words [rrr, Oct 17 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
a nice mood indicator that you can put on your website [rrr, Oct 21 2004]
||Even though I think you're a pinko commie [The last 3 letters in ReindeR are RED]I'm voting for you.
||I like your expression "play with privacy". Expresses my sentiments in a gnutshell. Thanks for posting.
||If you live in the UK you could hit the organisation of your choice with the data protection act. Pay them a nominal fee and they have to tell you all the data they have on you. Then publish it, of course.
||Anything that encourages companies to pester me is a bad thing. Sorry, but fishbone for you. If this was a private piece of software it might be interesting, although i tend to know what I type anyway.
||I wonder if the knowledge that this system was running would have an effect on what people type. I know several people who have a habit of adding "bomb president allah echelon echelon echelon" to email just to annoy the people reading it.