Washington Post article on the invention of email stirs debate

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian - Washington Post

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The Washington Post posted this note during the debate: “Clarification: A number of readers have accurately pointed out that electronic messaging predates V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai’s work in 1978. However, Ayyadurai holds the copyright to the computer program called“email,” establishing him as the creator of the ‘computer program for [an] electronic mail system’ with that name, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.”

Georgia Tech study shows certain words, phrases predict if messages sent up/down the org chart

“Gilbert, assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing, focused his attention on the “Enron corpus,” a body of 500,000 emails among about 150 former Enron employees, making it the largest email dataset available for public study. Even after taking a “conservative, careful” approach—applying numerous filters and eliminating thousands of emails that would have muddied his conclusions—he still was able to identify lists of words that reliably predicted whether emails traveled up or down the ladder.” (Michael Terrazas, Georgia Tech)