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November 10, 1998
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by Paul Hoffman
(IDG) -- For the past 20 years, I've been involved with the
Internet. As director of the Internet Mail Consortium,
I've seen firsthand the problems that arise from spam.
Spam affects different companies to different degrees,
but it costs every recipient money. A few companies
have been devastated by the tactics of typical
spammers, but most have found it to be mostly be an
Nevertheless, most Internet users want to see spam
stopped, but don't know how to do it.
The two major options for controlling spam are laws
and technology. A few states have passed anti-spam
laws, but they are mostly untested. Some state laws
appear to prevent any spam being sent to servers that
have anti-spam policies, while others only restrict
There are many technical solutions available, but they
all have drawbacks. You can block spam based on
source, destination or content. But is that enough? Join
me online for this discussion at the Network World Fusion spotlight on dealing with spam.
Paul Hoffman is director of the Internet Mail Consortium.