Miss Betsy Posted December 6, 2006 Share Posted December 6, 2006 If there were an international body that legislated internet conduct and business practicess, treaties between countries and regions can develop enforcement policies across borders that would make the laws more effective and uniform and far reaching. The real problem we are facing now are countries as China and the like which become heaven for Internet Crime, precisely because there is no international norm of conduct. The problem with legislation is that it can be used for censorship. And it is not only China that is irresponsible, but Comcast and others who do not do anything about the trojans on their networks. The problem is money. Upstream providers don't experience problems with spam; they just benefit from the increased use of bandwidth. Bandwidth isn't expensive enough to make it cost effective for providers to use resources to find and shut down spam sources - especially hiring people who can tactfully instruct end users as to the problems and effective solutions. It has been suggested that some sort of licensing - on the order of ham radio licenses - be used. However, it would have to be like blocklists - voluntary participation, and might not work much better than the various 'trusted' server schemes. Habeus tried incorporating a copyrighted haiku in the headers so that they could sue whoever used the headers for spam. And, in order for legislation to be effective, there has to be enforcement. It costs a lot of money to track down and prosecute violators. Most of the real criminal spam already is covered by legislation which is used to prosecute those who are caught. The beauty of the Internet is the freedom to communicate with whomever you want to - and the logical way to not communicate with those whom you don't want to is to block. That way no one is 'forced' to do anything, if there is a glitch with a false positive, then the *sender* who is the only one who can fix the problem is notified. The only reason that spam continues to be a problem is that not enough end users are demanding good service. They put up with losing email due to false positives being caught in content filters and with having to whitelist anyone they want to have regular correspondence with because the ISPs don't seem to be able to make blocklists more attractive. Miss Betsy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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