Motion for a new POST NSF AUP

Tim Bass bass at
Sun Oct 15 16:48:28 UTC 1995

John Curran and I are in total agreement on John's premise that any
Post NSF AUP is either a) unenforceable or b) subject to abuse. I suggest
that for the moment, that we agree with John that any AUP is both:

a)	Unenforceable;
b)	Subject to abuse; and
c)	Virtually impossible to authenticate.

Giving the above, the question still remains and the original motion is still
valid for this reason.

If we define a Post NSF AUP, then at least everyone who uses the Internet
will have had the opportunity to have read and understood what the current
Internet AUP describes.

It is possible that having a clearly defined AUP will not stop spam and
other unacceptable uses of the net, and clearly an AUP is not enforceable
( and for IP security reasons should not be enforced without absolute
authentication as John correctly points out).

On the other hand, having a clearly defined AUP may discourage potential
spammers and child pornographers, etc.  (not that we consider spammers
and child pornography peddlers in the same vein..).  Also, having a 
clearly defined Internet AUP will send a signal to the news media and
government officials that the providers of Internet services are 
capable of formulating policy in an area that, without self-regulation,
has a strong potential to continue degenerating.

Is a self-formulated Post NSF AUP, without enforcement, still a good idea?

The answer, I suggest, is not obvious, but a debate on the subject 
does have considerable merit, given the events of the past week or so.


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