RFC: End spam and get paid for your attention!
for a spam-free email protocol
backed by microtransactions.
Attention is the most important currency.
What if you could be paid for your attention?
Also, what if spam, a big attention waster, could be eliminated completely?
Sounds too good?
When you send someone an email, you can optionally attach a "reading fee" to it.
If the recipient chooses to, they can claim that money, via a smart contract.
Also, if the recipient chooses to, they can "blacklist" the sender.
Messages from blacklisted senders are automatically blocked ( or shown, if you set your inbox fee threshold to zero).
If you send a friend an email, they can "whitelist" you.
Messages from whitelisted senders are automatically allowed, and shown with a special tag.
Messages are sent over a P2P network.
All messages are encrypted end-to-end.
There are no centralized email servers.
Now, anyone can make money by opening "spam" messages.
Please share your thoughts on this idea. I’m hoping to build a new, new, new Internet, closer to its roots in hacker culture and ideals of free speech and free software.