[LINK] Govt struggling with spam: Alston
Fri Nov 29 05:04:47 EST 2002
On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 Bob.Smart@csiro.au wrote:
> > Govt struggling with spam: Alston
> > The federal government has issued its strongest indication yet it is
> > unlikely to undertake decisive measures to combat the welter of spam
> > plaguing Australia's e-mail inboxes.
> As a free speech advocate I'd be worried about attempts
> to ban spam since the boundary is so unclear (e.g.
> off-topic submissions to discussion forums).
> However it would be quite easy to design an e-mail
> system that was spam-free. And no, I don't mean automatic
> detection of spam by heuristic means. It does involve
> extra fiddling around by sender and receiver, but
> receivers should have that option and senders can then
> decide if they're willing to take the extra time.
> Some spammers do use fraudulent 'From:' addresses and the
> government can make itself useful by prosecuting them.
This does not address the spam that eminates from off-shore.
> Another useful thing that governments could do is create
> long term e-mail addresses for citizens. E.g. the Vic
> government could let users create email@example.com.
> It would want to be integrated with an anti-spam system.
> However it should perhaps not have its own mail client
> and mail storage: mail would have to be forwarded
> elsewhere to a nominated and presumably secret e-mail
> mailbox. The id.vic.au e-mail addresses would have a
> long term future that only government can guarantee.
I doubt that many users would want to trust their private email to
anything that is run by a government, ...and what is to prevent those
addresses from being eventually harvested.
> If anyone wants to implement a spam-free e-mail service
> I'm happy to contribute a design - no certificates or
> other rocket science required.
Then why doesn't it exist already? The world is crying out for it, except
for Alston apparently, who seemingly has the problem solved by not using
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