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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:#1F497D'>FYI. Please help to spread the word.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><div><div style='border:none;border-top:solid #B5C4DF 1.0pt;padding:3.0pt 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'> Thomas Haigh [mailto:thaigh@computer.org] <br><b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:50 PM<br><b>To:</b> 'members@sigcis.org'<br><b>Subject:</b> Latest on Email Invention incl. my article<o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Hello SIGCIS members,<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>You may remember some flurries of interest a while ago in the &#8220;Inventor of Email&#8221; saga. The happy outcome was that the Washington Post had asked me to write an article outlining the actual history of email and putting the claims of V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai in context. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>That never took place, but the article is now published in the blog section of the SIGCIS website as <a href="http://www.sigcis.org/ayyadurai">www.sigcis.org/ayyadurai</a>. Thanks to all those who contributed, and I&#8217;m sorry if this won&#8217;t have the visibility and impact we&#8217;d anticipated with the promised Post website publication. For myself I am glad to be done with this and hope the article can still help to put the record straight.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>A&nbsp; number of people have asked me what happened to the article. There&#8217;s an outline of the whole confusing saga in a letter I wrote to the Washington Post ombudsman, <a href="http://www.sigcis.org/node/330">www.sigcis.org/node/330</a>. Basically I don&#8217;t know. The article was accepted, but just before publication something killed the planned series of four articles on the episode (including one by Noam Chomsky!!) The only one of the four to be published, by Dave Crocker, is a useful capsule history of Internet email but was published without reference to Ayyadurai and attracted just two comments. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/a-history-of-e-mail-collaboration-innovation-and-the-birth-of-a-system/2012/03/19/gIQAOeFEPS_story.html">http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/a-history-of-e-mail-collaboration-innovation-and-the-birth-of-a-system/2012/03/19/gIQAOeFEPS_story.html</a><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Ayyadurai&#8217;s public relations firm is, at least as of a couple of weeks ago, still trying to interest journalists in his story so perhaps we can anticipate more press coverage to come. Personally I am glad to be done with this.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Other news from the world of email invention:<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>Another journalist featured Ayyadurai as inventor of email, even after the Post&#8217;s retraction. Callie Crossley on WGBH ran a full interview segment: <a href="http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Callie-Crossley-Show-855/episodes/Mon-31212Innovation-Hour-USPS-Goes-Electric-36918">http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Callie-Crossley-Show-855/episodes/Mon-31212Innovation-Hour-USPS-Goes-Electric-36918</a>. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>Gizmodo ran a lengthy debunking. The quoting of one word insults from anonymous sources is not really fair, and you could argue that putting &#8220;crazy&#8221; and &#8220;man&#8221; a few words apart in the title is prejudicial. But overall it does a good job of investigating. <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5888702/corruption-lies-and-death-threats-the-crazy-story-of-the-man-who-pretended-to-invent-email">http://gizmodo.com/5888702/corruption-lies-and-death-threats-the-crazy-story-of-the-man-who-pretended-to-invent-email</a> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>Dave Crocker has set up a website and associated discussion list to try to preserve the actual history of email. <a href="http://www.emailhistory.org">www.emailhistory.org</a>. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>Ayyadurai&#8217;s book &#8220;The EMAIL Revolution: How to Build Brands and Create Real Connections,&#8221; is available for preorder on Amazon for just $16.47. Publisher is Allworth (rather than Norton as suggested by Gizmodo). Interesting subtitle there. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-EMAIL-Revolution-Brands-Connections/dp/1581159803">http://www.amazon.com/The-EMAIL-Revolution-Brands-Connections/dp/1581159803</a><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'>Best wishes,<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Tom Haigh<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>SIGCIS Chair, <a href="http://www.sigcis.org">www.sigcis.org</a> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://www.tomandmaria.com/tom">www.tomandmaria.com/tom</a> <o:p></o:p></p></div></body></html>