Spam – what's the solution?

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The problem of spam hardly needs an introduction. It is a time-waster for recipients. It has its sinister side in the form of V-spam and phishing. And it consumes infrastructure resources -- especially bandwidth. The only real solution available today is blocking: either at the recipients' premises or, sometimes, at the recipients' ISP. But this feels very much like locking the stable door after the horse has bolted and there must be a better alternative.

In the short term, I believe the onus is on ISPs, the Government and all other interested parties to stem spam at source. It is depressing to read that the UK is considered an ideal location for spammers. Our infrastructure is good -- which works to our disadvantage -- and our judicial system ...

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