A victim of InformationWantsToBeFree. Her boyfriend responded to a sex-oriented joke she'd sent to a group. Following some banter, she made a complimentary comment, also of a sexual nature, which he shared with several co-workers at his London law firm. Over the course of a chain of forwardings, the message literally circled the world, hitting countless inboxes. The incident became global news, with one fairly complete account being at The Register . Outcomes included disciplinary action against several of the principals.
(c. January 2001)