Spam: Out of Control

Various authors, ZD Net, Sept 23, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I woke up this morning to a barrage of spam. I found myself deleting twenty or so email message (many of which were offensive to even my fairly liberal sensibilities) before encountering the first item of worth. Using the worst software in the world (Microsoft Outlook), deleting spam is a tedious and time-consuming affair. And it is getting worse, as the daily deluge increases by a dozen messages a day. "Brightmail, which detected under 700,000 unique spam attacks in March 2001, counted over 5 million in August 2002." This series of articles looks at the impact of spam and what it's going to cost us to get rid of it - not just in terms of money, but also in terms of the free flow of information.
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