When IT Meets Politics

Nov 15 2008   11:57AM GMT

Washington Post slashes US spam after Internet Community fails

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo


Within an hour of receiving a dossier from Brian Krebs,a Washington Post staff writer, McColo, which supposedly hosted 75% of the US spam operators was taken off air by Global Crossing. It helped, of course, that the latter had been handed the opportunity to dramatically improve service to its other customers with no need to invest in additional capacity.  

During the EURIM workshop on E-Crime at the Parliament and the Internet conference last months it was suggested the instead of pressing legitimate ISPs to spend ever more of protecting their customers, the domain name system should be tidied to make it harder for criminal operations to set up their own ISPs. The counter argument was that this would merely cause that latter to move off-shore.

The apparent success of the Washington Post exercise indicates that argument to be very much weaker than at first appears. It does, however, add force to the need to move  from rhetoric to to action with regard to “Internet Governance” – including the accountability of those who will be driven by their financae directors and shareholders towards gobal commercial partnership in reducing spam, malware and “unauthorised file sharing” in order to also reduce the need to invest in additional switching and transmission capacity.

To the “credit crunch” and “data crunch” perhaps we should also add the “traffic crunch”

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