WG activities ( was Re: [Afrispam-wg] co chair)
sm at resistor.net
Thu Dec 27 01:30:51 SAST 2007
At 03:34 14-12-2007, Graham Beneke wrote:
>I would like to suggest some global objectives for the working group
>for us to look at so that we can define the scope of our activities:
>Provide a unified platform for guiding the development of legal
>frameworks within the AfriNIC region for the control and prosecution
>of spam and related cyber crimes.
It's better to tackle the technical problem then to discuss about the
legal framework as most of the subscribers are not lawyers.
> The current legal framework within South Africa is
> considered by many to be ineffective against the spam problem and
> at this stage Africa as a whole accounts for a minuscule volume of
> spam sent. The Internet does not understand national borders and if
> the legal frameworks are in place to co-ordinate efforts across the
> region then we stand a much better chance of keeping the problem
> under control within the region.
As we cross geopolitical boundaries, we have to deal with the
different jurisdictions and the problem that entails.
>Ensure the continued effectiveness of email as a communications tool
>across the region.
I don't think that the focus should be narrowed down to email as a
communications tool across the region. We have to ensure that email
from this region doesn't get blocked based solely on its
origin. Some countries of the region have a questionable reputation
and that taints the entire region.
>And finally - develop technological best practices and/or new
>technological tools that primarily aim to resolve problems specific
>to the Internet landscape in the region.
> The most obvious aspects that comes to mind is the problem
> of narrowband communications and the high costs of IP
> communications in the region when compared to the rest of the world.
The above is not directly related to spam.
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