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The dotCrime Manifesto by Phillip Hallam-Baker

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Chapter 7. Stopping Spam

We have to stop letting the spammers choose the game. Whack-a-mole is not much fun when the mole has a million holes to choose from and you only get one hammer.

Chess is a better game. The key to winning chess is to predict and pre-empt your opponent’s moves. At this point, we are still in the opening phase of the game against the spammers, so some of our moves will appear to be of limited value. The object is to control the board at the end of the game.

For the time being, spammers get to choose the game, but we get to change the rules; more hammers and less holes means less spam.

Every form of Internet communication is affected by spam: e-mail, blog comments, network news, wikis, voice, and instant messaging.

In this chapter, ...

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