Welcome to Captain James Cook Anonymous Remailer
Cook, discoverer of the east coast of Australia, was one of
England's ablest navigators and an astronomer of note.
He set out in the "Endeavour" in 1768, bound for Tahiti, to make observations of the planet Venus. His orders, however, also provided for charting the coasts of New Zealand and searching for "the Great South Land".
Leaving New Zealand in March, 1770, Cook sighted the south-east coast of Australia a few weeks later. He discovered and named Botany Bay, carefully explored and mapped the coast northward, and finally, on Possession Island in Torres Strait, took possession of the whole eastern coast, naming it New South Wales.
On a later voyage, he proved that there was no large continent between New Zealand and South America, thus removing an old misconception. He was killed by natives in the Sandwich Islands in 1779.
Remailers have permitted Internet users to take advantage of the medium as a means to communicate with others globally on sensitive issues while maintaining a high degree of privacy. Recent events have clearly indicated that privacy is increasingly at risk on the global networks. Individual efforts have, so far, worked well in maintaining for most Internet users a modicum of anonymity. With the growth of increasingly sophisticated techniques to defeat anonymity, there will be a need for both standards and policies to continue to make privacy on the Internet a priority.
Anonymous remailers email from Person A and forward it to Person B, stripping all information that identifies the message as being from Person A. There are several types of anonymous remailers. Mixmaster appears to be the most popular; however, it requires special client software.
A remailer is useful whenever you need to send something without having your real name and address on it. There are many legitimate uses for this. It can be as simple as wanting to avoid people who extract all E-mail addresses from Usenet to send junk mail to. In a business, an employee who wants to publish a bug in a product or bad working conditions can do it anonymously to avoid getting fired. With a remailer you can participate in Usenet discussions on sensitive topics, such as homosexuality or a religion or political view that is illegal in your country.
In countries where freedom of speech is not seen as a Constitutional right, but rather as an annoyance to the government, using a remailer to express your opinion is necessary to avoid a visit from the secret police.
Unfortunately, remailers also have their bad sides. Since they allow complete anonymity for the sender, it's no surprise they are also used by people who want to avoid the consequences of their actions. A popular form of abuse is anonymous mailbombing of someone you disagree with, or to post slanderous messages in a public forum.
What exactly qualifies as abuse is hard to say. It depends on your point of view on the matter. An employee may see posting an anonymous accusation as legitimate, but the company probably has a different view on that. Criticizing a government can be freedom of speech to the critic, but government-undermining activities to the police. There really aren't any objective criteria to classify abuse. Perhaps the only one is "anything that harms the server itself."
There are legitimate reasons for using a remailer, but also many ways to abuse them. If a remailer causes too much problems to the operator, the ISP or the country's government, it will be taken down. It is therefore necessary that users of remailers use them wisely and responsibly.
!!!Captain James Cook remailer shutting down!!!
The ISP which I have used for over five years is going out of business at the end of this month (April 2004). This means that my remailer will cease operations.
When your emails need to be anonymous you can use the Xandra Anonymous Remailer at: http://cypherpunks.faithweb.com
Regards, Frank Adriatik