Bringing Major Players to Bear Against Spam...#

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is finally wading in on the spam situation, holding meetings in Geneva about countering spam. Not heard of the ITU? If you've made a long distance call from one country to another, you've benefitted from their work.

The power of the ITU comes from its international nature - that an agreement between members of the ITU essentially means agreements between all countries. This essentially eliminates the ability of spammers to hide in offshore servers: there are no offshore servers as far as the ITU is concerned.

This is only the first meeting, but considering the players, I'm expecting real moves to be made world wide against spam. Its gotta stop. Even the ITU says that 85% of all email is spam. The epidemic has spread to cell phones too - in Japan the majority of spam is now cell phone text messages.

I survive spam with a combination of Outlook 2003 with its Junk Mail settings turned on High and Qurb. I get a couple of hundred “pure” spam a day, plus 30 or so Qurb mail. So I'm surviving. Near as I can tell, the regular mortals in this world are abandoning email addresses on a regular basis to escape the scourge. In reality, I see email slowly dying under the weight of spam... people are turning to alternatives like instant messaging rather than bother with the cesspool that their inboxes have become.

Its time that the experts came to bear against spam.

Drivel | Spam
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 3:13:33 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) #    Comments [1]  | 


Wednesday, July 7, 2004 9:29:10 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

Larry Seltzer's latest blog at talks about how MessageLabs identified 86.3% of all email in June being spam.

He too fears the death of email under the weight of this crap.
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