[Politech] Weekly column: It's six years but still no federal anti-spam law

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Mon Sep 29 2003 - 09:32:52 PDT

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    Spam deja vu
      September 29, 2003, 6:45 AM PT
      By Declan McCullagh
      In June, politicians in Washington finally declared an all-out war
      on spam, vowing to take speedy action to curb the Internet's No. 1
      One senator gave an impassioned floor speech warning that without a
      law, "we risk the destruction of all legitimate expression and
      commerce on the information superhighway." The New York Times
      predicted "a lively congressional debate" on spam over the next few
      Well, almost. Those events did occur, but the year was 1997.
      Since then--more than six years later--Congress has accomplished
      precisely nothing on spam. No federal law restricting the flow of
      unsolicited bulk e-mail has ever been enacted, and no law will be
      enacted until next year, if ever. At this rate, a delay of another six
      years wouldn't be surprising.
      It's time for the tech community to realize that turning to the
      federal government for help in this area is simply not productive.
      It's like trying to teach a cow to configure BGP routers: You won't
      succeed, and you'll annoy the cow.
      [...remainder snipped...]
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