Re: Permission Request

Rohit Khare (
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 11:10:29 -0400 (EDT)

I'm glad you're taking a look at this issue. The only problematic
angle for me is the use of the title, since the list is my personal
opinion, not W3C's. In this context, "web developer Rohit Khare"
would be lower-profile.

Life's a bit like the UN here; appearances count a lot in negotiating
a fragile coalition. If you want to compromise with an attribution
somewhere in the middle, please let me know. What I said is on the
record, so I'm not taking it back, but I appreciate your interest and
the heads-up.

Rohit Khare

PS. The mailing list URL is

Rohit Khare -- World Wide Web Consortium -- Technical Staff
w: 617/253-5884  --   f: 617/258-5999   --  h: 617/491-5030
NE43-354,  MIT LCS,  545 Tech Square,  Cambridge,  MA 02139

X-Sender: Mime-Version: 1.0 Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 22:58:08 -0800 To: From: (Rachael Myrow) Subject: Permission Request

Hi There! Wendy of Sirius Newsletter fame told me a) you run a nifty mailing list, and b) forwarded me a fascinating posting you recently posted about Pekoe. May I have permission to use some of what you wrote in an article for the Sirius Monthly Newsletter? I would use your words thusly:

"The threats to my perceived "personal boundaries" don't end there. New software called <A HREF="">Pekoe[tm]</A>, put out by the <A HREF="">New England Internet Company</A> allows "content vendors" to follow you <B>after</B> you leave their site. In their words, the software "gives advertisers almost unlimited opportunities to carry forth their web-based ad impressions, no longer losing audiences when they click to an external website." If that sounds vaguely disturbing, consider the plain-speak translation offered by <A HREF="">Rohit Khare</A>, of the <A HREF="">World Wide Web Consortium</A> (W3C) to the mailing list he runs: <P><BLOCKQUOTE> "These fellows have developed a $100,000 proxy that ADDS ad banners to pages. Furthermore, it edits all the outgoing urls from a page to point back to the home site, where a redirecting script continues to monitor your every step. And for new users, the effect is completely hidden: it's like stepping in a wad of gum: you can't scrape it off! For example, I pointed it at my home page, and it replaced the embedded link to MIT with: sdljs9034590we90234590234234905290234/ </BLOCKQUOTE> <P> Yikes. And again, YIKES!"

Most Sincerely,


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rachael Myrow Los Angeles, CA