Paul Judge wrote:
From: Yakov Shafranovich [mailto:research(_at_)solidmatrix(_dot_)com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 4:30 PM
To: ASRG list
Subject: [Asrg] 4d. Consent Framework - Is it the only way?
As of now the charter does include this:
"ASRG will investigate the spam problem as a large-scale network
problem. The ASRG will begin its work by developing a taxonomy of the
problem and the proposed solutions. This taxonomy should
the spam problem into different perspectives, such as examining the
similarities between spam and denial-of-service; spam and intrusion
detection/prevention; and spam and authentication, authorization, and
I think we would need another effort to take place parallel with the
consent framework - an evaluation of whether it is proper to
What do you mean by "whether it is proper to add consent to email"?
The current email system does not have the notion of consent built in
unlike IM systems. An email message being sent via SMTP is usually
delivered at its destination, and the receiver usually does not have the
option of refusing the email until it has been delivered. In the instant
messaging (IM) world, there is a built in notion of consent as per RFC
2778. People can refuse having them being added to a buddy list, people
can block messages, etc (some capabilities only present in some IM
systems, and some are only theoretical but appear in the RFC).
With the charter and the consent framework, we are inserting the concept
of consent into email. Now suddenly email does not get to its
destination - rather its dissected by anti-spam tools depending on the
receiver's consent. Is this the only correct view of the situation?
There have been others who are suggesting that perhaps it is not
necessary to introduce consent into email since the side-effects and
breakdown in communications will be too great. Rather, the suggestion is
to look at spam as an engineering issue and leave it at that.
Personally, I feel that the consent approach is correct. However, I
wanted to float this thought to get a feel if anyone else feels that the
consent approach is not the correct one, and can provide alternative views.
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