Laying Out All The Evidence: Shiva Ayyadurai Did Not Invent Email - 2019-05-18

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F0.png Laying Out All The Evidence: Shiva Ayyadurai Did Not Invent Email May 18, 2019, Mike Masnick, TechDirt

As you may have seen, last week we settled the lawsuit that Shiva Ayyadurai filed against us in early 2017. No money exchanged hands, but we did agree to post a link at the top of the 14 articles that he sued over. The text of that link says, "Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai's Response to this Article and Statement on the Invention of Email." You can read his link, and you can read our articles. As I've said in the past, I urge you to read both and make up your own mind.

Nothing in our settlement stops us from continuing to report on Shiva Ayyadurai's claims to have invented email, and given that Ayyadurai has now fashioned himself a First Amendment freedom fighter, I am hopeful that he will be supportive of our use of our free expression rights to respond to his "response." Among the many statements that response page includes is the following:

Other unethical individuals and internet rags colluded to simply erase the facts and ridiculed journalists such as Mo Rocca of CBS' Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Show and Doug Aamoth of Time Magazine, who shared the truth about email's origin. These individuals included trolls at TechDirt, who parroted false histories of email history to create bogus citations for the heavily censored and manipulated Wikipedia, with its constant revisionism and purges.

But we stand by the information we've provided. Nothing in Ayyadurai's statement shows our posts to be "false" or "bogus," and indeed we have now uncovered additional evidence that continues to support our argument that Shiva Ayyadurai did not invent email, including some new evidence that suggests Ayyadurai himself was aware of this back in 1982.

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