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APAS Anonymous Remailer Use [FAQ 3/8]: Remailer Basics
Section - [FAQ 3.2] Who runs these remailers and why?

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Some documents will refer to the "traditional remailer network".  This
refers to the remailers listed on the many stats pages (see FAQ 5.1)
available on the Web.  These are run, mostly, by individuals like
those in APAS, who value free speech, especially anonymous speech, and
want to provide a free service to those you need to communicate
anonymously.  Keep in mind that there is no way to know the real
motivation a remailer operator has unless you know them personally,
and even then you may not know the full story.

Since anyone with the technical ability and network connectivity can
operate a remailer, there are endless possibilities as to the real
motivations behind offering such a service to the public at large.
Always floating around the APAS rumor mill are accusations that one or
more remailers are really being run by intelligence agencies, law
enforcement agencies, and even terrorist organizations and other
criminal types.  Of course no credible evidence is ever presented to
back up these accusations so they are mostly dismissed as trolling.
But if one takes the devil's advocate position, there is never any
evidence presented to refute these rumors either; that is, it is
entirely possible they could be true.

One way to learn more about individual remops might be to visit their
home pages, some of which are here in alphabetical order:

__Remailer Web Pages__
Austria
	<http://www.tahina.priv.at/~cm/stats/>   
Cracker
	<http://anon.efga.org/> 
Dizum
	<https://ssl.dizum.com/help/remailer.html>
Farout
	<http://www.nuther-planet.net/farout/>
Lefarris (en Franšais) 
	<http://www.citeweb.net/arris/>
Narnia (mostly German)
	<http://www.trumpkin.Narnias-Door.com/remailer/>
Noisebox
	<http://noisebox.remailer.org/remailer/>
Randseed
	<http://melontraffickers.com> 
Riot
	<http://www.riot.eu.org/anon/>
Senshi
	<http://private.addcom.de/SenshiRemailer/>
Shinn
	<http://mixmaster.shinn.net/>
SubZer0
	<http://www.press.nu/leiurus/subzer0/>
Cmeclax
	<http://lexx.shinn.net/cmeclax/>

__Nym Servers__
NYM.ALIAS.NET Nym Server <http://www.publius.net/n.a.n.html>
ANON.XG.NU Nym Server <http://anon.xg.nu/>
Redneck Nym Server (middleman) <http://anon.efga.org>

(Submit other Web page URLs to CC <turing+apas-user-faq@eskimo.com>.)

Learning to use the traditional remailer network takes some time and
effort. And this time and effort pays off handsomely by providing the
user with a highly secure method to communicate privately and
anonymously. But many privacy-minded folks (and their ranks are
increasing daily!) are looking for an easier and less time-intensive
approach. Some are even willing to pay for it. To satisfy this niche
there have arrived many new products and services that provide various
combinations of anonymous email, newsgroup posting and Web-surfing
with varying degrees of anonymity.

To describe and evaluate these services is, for now, beyond the scope
of this FAQ. I have provided URLs for some of these services below. I
have categorized them into two groups: free of charge and fee-based.
Noteworthy amongst these is the fee-based Freedom Software by the
Montreal-based Zero Knowledge Systems (ZKS). Launched in December
1999, Freedom is a 'privacy system' not unlike the traditional
remailer network . It allows users to send email, post to newsgroups,
chat and surf the Web in total privacy without having to trust third
parties with their personal information. Freedom users create multiple
digital identities - "nyms" - with which their online activities are
associated. All data packets Freedom users send are encrypted and
routed through a global privacy infrastructure called the Freedom
Network, which is hosted by participating ISPs and other independent
server operators. A 30-day free trial is available.

The package has been criticized <http://cryptome.org/zks-v-tcm.htm>
for not being open-source. But that is changing. The source code of
the kernel module of the Linux version of Freedom
<http://opensource.zeroknowledge.com/> has been released; and the
release of the Windows version source code is "coming soon";
                                    
 _Free of Charge_ 
GILC Web-Based Remailer
<http://www.gilc.org/speech/anonymous/remailer.html> 
Hushmail <http://www.hushmail.com> 
Safeweb <http://www.safeweb.com>
Zixmail <http://www.zixmail.com>
Anonymouse <http://anonymouse.is4u.de/> 
COTSE <http://www.cotse.com/home.html> 
Somebody.net <http://somebody.net/>
ANON.XG.NU's Web-Based Remailer <http://anon.xg.nu/remailer.html>
Chicago <http://xenophon.r0x.net/cgi-bin/mixnews-user.cgi>
    
_Fee-Based_ 
ZKS Freedom <http://www.freedom.net>
SkuzNET's The Internet Mail Network <http://www.theinternet.cc/>
Mailanon <http://www.mailanon.com/> 
IDcide <http://www.idcide.com>

For an interesting discussion of the pros and cons of anonymous speech
check out this link from LCS.MIT.EDU:
<http://www.lcs.mit.edu/anniv/speakers/presentation?id=041399-15>

(I'm looking for more links of this nature: political, legal
perspectives on remailers. If you know of any please pass them on to
CC <turing+apas-user-faq@eskimo.com>.)

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