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China Signs Onto Anti-Spam Alliance

Posted: 05th Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
China, one of the biggest e-mail polluters in the world, has finally signed up to the international anti-spam (junk e-mail) alliance:

China is second only to the US in terms of contributing to the volume of global spam and was long seen as a haven for spam servers due to a lack of willingness on the part of its government to prioritise the problem or accept its responsibility.

In the earliest days of spam reaching epidemic levels a large amount of traffic was directed via China, even if those profiting were based elsewhere, because the servers in Beijing and other Chinese cities were seen as being out of the reach of western governments.

However, at a ceremony attended by British ambassador Christopher Hum and US federal trade commissioner Jon Leibowitz, China announced it will join international enforcement efforts against spam by adopting the London Action Plan on Spam Enforcement Collaboration.


On the one hand this is very good news, while on the other there's a strong degree of cynicism regarding the impact it will have. More @ ZDNet.
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