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Re: [anti-spam-wg] Proposed New Charter

  • To: dcrocker@localhost
  • From: Brian Nisbet <brian.nisbet@localhost
  • Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 17:20:24 +0100
  • Cc: "anti-spam-wg@localhost" anti-spam-wg@localhost


Brian Nisbet wrote:
  To reflect this changing Internet, it was proposed at
RIPE 55 that the Anti-Spam Working Group widen its focus to
include all relevant kinds of network level abuse.  It is important
to note that areas such as cybersquatting or hosting illegal
content are not seen to be part of the remit of the working group.

Although the second sentence provides some constraint, by example, it would probably be helpful to give a more affirmative description of what is in scope. The term "network level" is not intuitive (to me). For example, I start wondering whether work on routing protocols is in scope. I suspect it is not.

I can see your point, but we are, at least initially, attempting not
to set down incredibly strict limits on what we're looking at.  SMTP
abuse (in all its forms) will be a large part of what the group will
be concerned about, but it's also intended to cover the areas you've
touched on below as well as things like botnets (the creation and use
of,) and, indeed, types of abuse of which we are not now aware.  This
last is equally tricky, but I think we need to consider that the pace
change has not slowed of late and we could well be looking at new and
different abuse vectors over the next few years (months?!).

Hence my wish to try and outline broader areas we weren't going to
concern the WG with, rather than detailing all the areas that would
be important.