S Moonesamy writes:
There is a (IRTF) RFC which has the following text: "rise of spam and other
anti-social behavior ..." I did a search of the IETF mailing list archives
for other discussions of the topic. I could not find anything significant
using the IETF search engine. I couldn't use a well-known search engine for
the search as, some time back, the IETF blocked the search engine from
indexing its mailing list. Anyway, from what I remember of IETF-related
discussions, spam used to be describe as a social problem.
It is true that spam is anti-social behavior. But…
A technical mechanism used by the IETF to curtail spam spurred this thread.
I gather that there is agreement that technical approaches are being used to
curtail spam. However, the merits of the different approaches are debatable.
… notice that all these "different approaches" are technical in nature.
Socially wagging one's finger at a spammer – "don't you dare do it
again" – has not worked very well. So, we've all been trying various
technical solutions. Blacklists. CBVs. Various kinds of HELO checks. DMARC,
SPF and various other kinds of authentication schemes.
These were all various technical attempts to solve them problem. They
offered some relief, but noone can claim that they effectively addressed the
problem. But they were all technical attempts, so I see spam as a technical
problem to solve.
But whether spam is a technical or a social problem I don't really see that,
in itself, as being very important in the grand scheme of things. My only
point is that any headway on spam will involve a technical fix. Not a social
fix. Or a legal fix.
I noticed the following in an email: "Authentication-Results: [removed];
dkim=pass (1024-bit key) header.d=tpcoms.vn firstname.lastname@example.org". There is
a PTR RR for the IP address from which the message was sent. The author of
the message has the same name as a government official in .cz. My guess is
that it was a phishing attempt. It would be very difficult to prove that
without additional information, and that may require taking a legal approach.
Well, lots of luck to anyone planning to pursue a legal approach in …
Vietnam, on the account of your email.
There are countries which have enacted laws  related to email. A few
And what tangible impact have these laws had, anywhere?
weeks ago, I had a conversation with a group of legislators who were
interested in that topic. It is useful to have such laws instead of leaving
email as an undefined space .
Useful in which way, exactly? All of these laws, that have either been
enacted or proposed, they're all typically the same in spirit, and only
differ in secondary characteristics.
Again, someone please show me some objective data that the CAN SPAM act of
2003 has produced, in terms of reduction of spam, and then I'll consider
giving any weight to any legal or legislative course of action.
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