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21 Apr 2017
Classified ad site craigslist is famously protective of its contents.
While they are happy for search engines like Google to index the
listings, they really, really do not like third parties to scrape
and republish their content in other forms.
In 2013 craigslist sued a company called 3taps which had created
an API for craigslist data. They also sued real estate site Padmapper, which
showed craigslist and other apartment listings on a map, something
craigslist didn't do at the time.
3taps eventually gave up and in 2015 paid craigslist $1 million and shut down.
Craigslist donated the money to the EFF which was a little odd since the EFF
had generally supported 3taps.
One of 3taps' other customers was another real estate site Radpad, which
kept showing craigslist listings after 3taps shut down.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/radpad.html
13 Apr 2017
M3AAWG is a trade association that brings together ISPs, hosting providers,
bulk mailers, and a lot of infrastructure vendors to discuss messaging abuse, malware,
and mobile abuse. (Those comprise the M3.) One of the things they do is publish
best practice documents for network and mail operators, including two recently published,
Password Recommendations for Account Providers,
and another on Password Managers Usage Recommendations.
Since I'm one of M3's senior technical advisers, I helped write them, but I think they're pretty
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/maawgpwd.html
01 Apr 2017
Human rights are a topic that came up several times at the IETF meeting that just ended.
There's a Human Rights Research Group that had a session with a bunch of short
presentations, and the featured two talks at the plenary asking Can Internet Protocols
Affect Human Rights? The second one, by David Clark of MIT was particularly good,
talking about "tussle" and how one has to design for it or else people
will work around you. You can watch
Although his talk was a lot better than most of the human rights stuff I've heard
in technical fora, the rest of the discussion had the same old problem:
true believers obsessing about a very narrow set of issues.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/userrights.html
14 Mar 2017
Yesterday at ICANN 58 in Copenhagen there was session on
DNS Abuse Mitigation:
The Cross Community Topic Discussion proposed by the GAC Public Safety
Working Group will focus on ICANN's Efforts, based on answers to
questions in Annex 1 of Hyderabad Communiqué with expected
contributions from ICANN's SSR Team and Contractual Compliance.
In one of the talks, ICANN staff talked about the new Abuse Data Analysis
Platform, with an example with live data, including the ten worst gTLDs,
ranked by the percentage of the TLD's names that have various abuse indicators
(click on the picture to see it at legible size):
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/tenworst.html
26 Jan 2017
In September I wrote about a proposal to allow one-click
unsubscriptions from mailing lists without user interaction.
After taking a rather tortuous path through the IETF, it's now been issued
as RFC 8058. The changes
since September are quite minor, mostly tightening up some details to prevent
various attacks from fake unsub requests.
Now that it's official, I expect email service providers will start implementing it,
and we'll have an arguably better alternative to mail feedback loops to tell
mailers when their mail is unwanted.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/oneclickrfc.html
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