21/09/2004 - The OECD has launched an Anti-Spam “Toolkit” as the first step in a broader initiative to help policy makers, regulators and industry restore trust in the Internet and e-mail.
Tom Dale, Chair of the OECD Task Force on Spam, said: “While technology is making spamming more difficult, spam is becoming increasingly malicious and damaging to the online environment. Spam is now clearly used for significant criminal activity and we aim to assist the development of cross-border enforcement against spammers. The “toolkit” strategy is a fast-track approach to achieve early results.”
The aims and components of the Toolkit were outlined at the second OECD Workshop on Spam in Busan, Korea, on 8-9 September 2004. The next steps will be to develop the toolkit to include:
The OECD Spam Task Force, which includes participants from all 30 OECD countries, the European Commission, the Business and Advisory Committee to the OECD and civil society, will lead the development of the toolkit. We welcome contributions from all stakeholders in business and industry, policy makers, governments and civil society, including non-member countries.
Public contributions to the OECD anti-spam Toolkit may be sent to email@example.com. More information about the OECD’s work on spam can be found at http://www.oecd.org/sti/spam. Presentations from the second OECD Spam Workshop can also be found at this site.
For further information, journalists are invited to contact Dimitri Ypsilanti at the Information, Computer and Communications Policy Division (tel: + (33) 1 45 24 94 42) or Spencer Wilson, OECD’s Media Relations Division (tel: + 33 1 45 24 81 18).