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Politech is the moderated mailing list of politics and technology. Topics include privacy, free speech, the role of government and corporations, antitrust, and more.

Membership is free, and you can redistribute messages freely if you keep the information intact. You can expect to receive about three messages each weekday. Your email address will not be made public. Archives are available at politechbot.com.

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I treat confidential messages sent to me in confidence, protected by a reporter's journalistic privilege and the full force of the First Amendment. To ensure that I recognize your correspondence as confidential, make sure you put the word "CONFIDENTIAL" in the Subject: line of your email.

This is no idle guarantee. When the U.S. Department of Justice sent me a subpoena and a judge ordered me to testify, I refused to answer questions about confidential sources, prompting the DOJ prosecutor to request that I be declared a hostile witness.

There is an exception to this guarantee of confidentiality. If someone sends me a direct and credible threat to harm someone's person or property, I reserve the right to make that email public.


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