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Spamming for a good cause

Two IBM researchers are proposing a new method of fighting spam that would force unfamiliar senders to donate to charity if they want to reach you. Under the proposal, concocted by IBM researchers Scott Fahlman and Mark Wegman, e-mail senders who haven’t been cleared by a recipient would receive a message that their mail did not go through. They would then be instructed that they could reach the intended recipient if they were to pay a third-party site a few cents for a “charity stamp.” The money paid to the third-party site, which could range from a penny to a quarter, would be donated to a charity of the sender’s choice. E-mail bearing the charity stamp could then reach the recipient. Full Story

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