| 1 Mar 2003 @ 19:11|
I get tired of spam in my ebox. I am glad to see that there is a movement afoot to isolate spammers. Here is an article from ZDNet David Berlind decided to do something about it. You can read about his reason's why here.
David did some research and organized a meeting to rally support for an anti-spam coalition. SpamJam was born on Feburary 15th when industry praticipantsgathered for the first time.
If you ask the average Internet user, or even the above average Internet user, what the negative effects of spam are, more often than not they will tell you about the first edge of the double-edged sword that is spam. It's the one we all know about. The one where our inboxes get clogged, our productivity is drained, and valuable resources such as storage space and network bandwidth are unnecessarily consumed. For businesses, this often translates into a quantifiable loss.
But there is a second, more insidious edge to spam and the stakes associated with that edge are actually higher than those associated with the first edge. This second edge has to do with (1) the blacklists that ISPs have been forced to build or subscribe to in an effort to keep spam from passing through their systems and (2) the amount of legitimate email that is denied safe passage through the Internet as a result of those blacklists. Why would ISPs attempt to block spam if their spam countermeasures end up blocking legitimate mail too? There are several reasons. But two of the most common ones have to do with the threat that spam poses to the reliability of their services and the desire to keep themselves from becoming an entry on the blacklists that other ISPs subscribe to. gathered for the first time to set anti-spam standards.
They close in saying:
JamSpam is all about creating an industry-wide initiative to take action against the double-edged sword of spam now. Not tomorrow. Over the last two decades, the technology industry has proven time and time again that its members can set aside their competitive differences and work together to produce interoperable protocols that solve a mutual problem. It's about producing a protocol that not only solves a problem for everyone in the room. It's about the betterment of the entire Internet community. No other problem demands this sort of collaboration today like spam does. If there was ever a time to produce an anti-spam protocol that interoperates between the many email-enabled systems that are connected to the Internet, now is that time.
Check the website for more details. Join the anti-spam clan today!