Regulation and Mitigation of Unwanted Communications (e.g. Spam)

3 September 2014 - A Best Practice Forum on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


Spam continues to be a significant problem for Internet users, creating a burden for developing countries, networks, operators and all end users. High volumes of unsolicited email can cause significant impacts to regions with limited Internet access as well as raise concerns for all regions with the increasing malware infections that come from unwanted email.  Unsolicited email may be magnified in developing countries, where high volumes of incoming and outgoing spam can cause a severe drain on the limited and costly bandwidth that is available in those regions.

Cooperation and partnerships among all stakeholders is needed to develop strategies and approaches to mitigating spam.  For that reason, addressing the problem of spam requires a multistakeholder discussion and a framework of suggested approaches, including the need to engage governments in the discussion of how to reduce the threat and impact of spam globally.

This discussion with a panel of experts will focus on the “Regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications (e.g. "spam") draft outcome document and will include examples of best practices they use to address the proliferation of spam in their regions/country’s that might be useful to include in the draft as possible recommendations.

 Output expected from the session would be review and consensus regarding the draft outcomes document, feedback on the text and indication of support for the for the recommendations and next steps that the report outlines 

Session Panel Experts 

Yiannis Theodorou – GSMA

Michael O’Reirdan – Comcast and MAAWG Chairman Emeritus

Julia Cornwell McKean - Australian Communications and Media Authority

Betsy Broder – US Federal Trade Commission

Myla V. Pilao - Trend Micro

Ms. Cristine Hoeper, General Manager of

Moderator and Remote Participant

Tobias Knecht  - CEO | abusix GmbH and Co-Chair RIPE Anti-Abuse Working Group


Karen Mulberry, Internet Society

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