Northwestern Staffer Cancels Spam


Case Type:

Fictionalized.

Exigence:

In the spring of 1998, Ann Golding, a Technical Support Consultant employed by one of Northwestern's Schools, cancelled (i.e. deleted or removed) an unsolicited commercial message ("spam") that had been posted to Northwestern's main newsgroup, nwu.general, from a source outside the Northwestern community. Before cancelling the message, she had contacted Daniel Krauss, the Information Technology staff member responsible for USENET news at Northwestern, to ask his permission, which he gave.

Audience:

You, a member of the Northwestern community.

Possible
Constraints:

This is the original message from Ann to nwu.comp.news--the local newsgroup for discussing USENET news--announcing the cancel.

In a series of later messages, Ann and Daniel clarify responsibility for the cancel and debate several objectors.

Northwestern has a variety of speech policies which might apply.

Anti-"spam"websites

Decision:

Ann stopped.

Related
issues:

Harm to society
Offense
Northwestern
Internet
Universities
Commerce


Notes:

Names have been changed to protect the guilty & innocent.


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