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  • From: Rouben <rouben AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Vote to keep or drop peering with NameCoin
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:21:37 -0400

I thought this was about malware... maybe child porn too, although I don’t think Spamhaus has anything to do with blocking the latter.

AFAIK Spamhaus is a not for profit organization. So technically they are not an “evil” (i.e. profit making) corporation, and as was pointed out earlier, they aren’t forcing or interfering in anyone’s operations; it’s actually up to each operator/vendor to leverage their efforts/products (i.e. black/whitelists). In fact, I’d say, their aim and purpose are actually pretty close to OpenNIC, albeit they don’t operate (or strive towards) an absolute democracy like OpenNIC does.

Having said the above, I think it’s important to recognize practicality. If the Internet were 100% “unmanaged” and “uncensored” (i.e. a true “free for all” with zero restrictions) environment, it would be useless cesspool of spam, malware and other garbage... because there would be enough a-holes to abuse it for everything it’s got. This has been proven undeniably over the course of time. There are pretty obvious reasons why organizations like Spamhaus exist, and more importantly to this rant, why others *choose* to *voluntarily* use their tools of “censorship” (i.e. blacklists).

Does the idealist in me wish that the Internet could go back to the Arpanet model of absolute trust and openness where every DNS and SMTP server is wide open to “help out” the community like in the good old days? Yes. Is it ever going to happen in the foreseeable future? No way!

Just my $0.02...


On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 18:10 Daniel Quintiliani <danq AT> wrote:
Umm...are you talking adult content on OpenNIC TLDs, or are servers actually going to start filtering mainstream adult Internet sites via DNS?


-Dan Q

On Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:01:02 -0600, Jeff Taylor <shdwdrgn AT> wrote:

> For example, interest has been
> expressed over the years to have an adult content listing, and this is
> something that could be produced within the blacklist API.

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