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IETF aims to can spam

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the influential Net standards body, has set up a research group geared to fighting the spam menace. Although there’s no shortage of tools designed to filter out spam from legitimate email, the industry has yet to come up with a co-ordinated approach. Enter the Anti-Spam Research Group, formed under the auspices of the IETF’s Internet Research Task Force, which is dedicating itself to developing a co-ordinated approach to combat the problem of unsolicited commercial email. First the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) will try to develop a consistent definition for spam, which is not as easy at it might at first seem. Following on from that the ASRG wants to develop a mechanism whereby users can “express consent or lack of consent for certain communication and have the architecture support those desires”. Full Story

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