[Media] Internet e-mailers tout antispam registry

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[Media] Internet e-mailers tout antispam registry Chris Owen 4/24/03 12:36 AM
[Presumably this is an attempt to create a whitelist to reduce the
number of "false positives" that bulk e-mailers encounter. However,
the members of the Email Service Provider Coalition are hardly the
cleanest of hands - the list at
http://www.networkadvertising.org/espc/members.asp includes well-known
spammers such as Topica. The ESPC says in the article that it supports
"properly administered blacklists" - would it be too cynical to
suppose that their definition of "properly administered" means "not
blocking our spamming members"?]

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http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2003/0423netemai.html

Internet e-mailers tout antispam registry

By Grant Gross
IDG News Service, 04/23/03

A coalition of e-mail service providers has announced plans for
registries intended to separate the good bulk e-mailers from the
spammers, the latest in a series of recent antispam efforts.

The Email Service Provider Coalition (ESPC), formed by the Network
Advertising Initiative, counts among its members 30 companies that
provide outsourced e-mail services or Internet advertising functions
for a variety of firms, including DoubleClick and Advertising.com. The
group on Wednesday announced the "blueprint" for a registry standard,
launching in six to nine months, that would include a certification
process for companies sending out bulk e-mail.

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[Media] Internet e-mailers tout antispam registry Karl A. Krueger 4/25/03 2:07 PM
Chris Owen <ronthe...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> [Presumably this is an attempt to create a whitelist to reduce the
> number of "false positives" that bulk e-mailers encounter. However,
> the members of the Email Service Provider Coalition are hardly the
> cleanest of hands - the list at
> http://www.networkadvertising.org/espc/members.asp includes well-known
> spammers such as Topica. The ESPC says in the article that it supports
> "properly administered blacklists" - would it be too cynical to
> suppose that their definition of "properly administered" means "not
> blocking our spamming members"?]

I, for one, thoroughly encourage the email advertisers of the world to
make a clear and easily machine-readable list of their sites and
services, suitable to be added to any mail server configuration.

I'd add it to mine with no delay ...

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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