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OECD Antispam Toolkit released
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 09:13:49 -0400
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From: Suresh Ramasubramanian <suresh () hserus net>
Date: April 20, 2006 6:53:12 AM EDT
To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>, Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Subject: OECD Antispam Toolkit released
Hi Declan and Dave
The paper is available for download from http://www.oecd-
antispam.org .. in pdf format at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/
Please see the OECD press release below, taken from http://
nb: The background paper on "Spam Problem in Developing Economies"
that I wrote for the OECD antispam toolkit is in the section on
International Cooperation: http://www.oecd-antispam.org/
OECD urges governments and industry to do more to tackle spam
19/04/2006 - Governments and industry should step up their
coordination to combat the global problem of spam, according to a new
set of OECD recommendations.
Spam is dangerous and costly for business and consumers. It disrupts
networks, cuts productivity, spreads viruses and is increasingly used
by criminals who steal passwords to access confidential information
and often bank accounts. While there is no single solution,
governments and the private sector should act fast on a number of
fronts. The OECD calls on governments to establish clear national
anti-spam policies and give enforcement authorities more power and
resources. Co-ordination and co-operation between public and private
sectors are critical, the report notes.
International cooperation is also key. Spam moves between countries
and investigators have to follow the flow across borders to track
spammers. To address this, OECD governments have approved a
“Recommendation on Cross-Border Co-operation in the Enforcement of
Laws against Spam”, urging countries to ensure that their laws enable
enforcement authorities to share information with other countries and
do so more quickly and effectively. They should also establish a
single national contact point to facilitate international cooperation.
Educating people on the risks of spam and how to deal with it is also
important. Governments, working with industry, should run nationwide
campaigns to raise awareness. Lessons on spam and Internet security
should be included in computer courses in schools and for senior
These recommendations form part of the OECD Anti-Spam Toolkit,
available online at www.oecd-antispam.org. It gives policy makers a
comprehensive package of concrete regulatory approaches, technical
solutions, and industry initiatives to fight spam.
The Toolkit also includes a guide to best practices for Internet
Service Providers and other network operators, and for email
marketing. These were produced by the Business and Industry Advisory
Committee (BIAC), the business advisory group to the OECD, in co-
operation with the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), an
organization of Internet Service Providers. This is the first effort
by the private sector to develop a series of common best practices at
the international level.
For further information, journalists should contact Claudia Sarrocco
(tel. + 33 1 45 24 96 93) or Dimitri Ypsilanti (tel. + 33 1 45 24 94
42) of the OECD’s Directorate for science, technology and industry.
The OECD Anti-Spam Toolkit is available online at www.oecd-antispam.org.
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- OECD Antispam Toolkit released David Farber (Apr 20)