Spam Messaging Turns 25, Sigh…

Brad Templeton has posted this essay about an anniversary we all wish we hadn’t reached. Key quote:

However the spam problem is solved, or partially solved, it will remain fascinating as the internet community grapples with its first serious abuse issue from within. Most other abuse issues have involved outsiders, ranging from the religious conservatives trying to ban smut to the RIAA trying to stop file-sharing, trying to regulate the net. Spam has caused the network insiders themselves to seek to regulate it.

This is important because it will, of course, not be the last such issue. How we manage ourselves here will be an indicator of things to come.


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