January 17, 2003

Short observations based on the MIT spam conference

I caught the tail-end of the MIT spam conference Pretty interesting. The fact that this became a media event itself is a milestone.

There's definitely a "spam-interest bubble", like there was with viruses some years back, or Artificial Intelligence before that. I recognize the signs, the exotic research, the projects seeking funding, and what might be called the hot-area media effect.

I'm even more convinced that something will break in the near future over spam, I'm just not sure what that'll be - heavy legislation? balkanizing which ISPs communicate with each other? email itself, in terms of practically being able to use it outside of whitelists?

I don't know. I'll just repeat to myself to stay out of the spam-wars.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in spam | on January 17, 2003 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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