Re: [anti-spam-wg] Proposed New Charter
To: "anti-spam-wg@localhost" anti-spam-wg@localhost
From: Brian Nisbet <brian.nisbet@localhost
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 14:30:42 +0100
In an ongoing attempt to clarify they direction and evolution of
the WG I've made a few additions to the charter ahead of the
discussion after lunch tomorrow. As always I would be grateful
for your comments. Additionally should the WG agree to this change
in charter a new name will probably be required. Anti-Abuse or,
possibly preferably, Anti-Network Abuse may be straightforward,
but it is possible that it just obvious to me, rather than others.
Anyway, the revised charter is below (the new bit is in the middle):
As the Internet has evolved, the scope and scale of network abuse have
evolved in step. While unsolicited bulk email (spam) was previously the
most visible form of network abuse, it is often now merely a symptom of
much deeper abuse such as viruses or botnets. 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 considered difficult, if not impossible for this charter to
include an exhaustive list of abuse types that would be considered
within the scope of this working group, not least because this is
expected to change over time. However initial areas of interest would
be messaging protocols (SMTP, IM etc), HTTP, DNS, VoIP, the creation and
use of botnets and other associated areas.
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.
The working group would aim to tackle the issue from both the technical
and non-technical angles:
- To produce and continue to update a Best Common Practice document for
ISPs similar in nature to RIPE-409 but covering a wider range of
possible abusive behaviours.
- To provide advice (beyond that of the BCP) to relevant parties within
the RIPE region such as ISPs, Governments and Law Enforcement Agencies
on strategic and operational matters.
- To discuss and disseminate information on technical methods of
preventing or reducing network abuse.