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In the Commission’s June 15, 2004 National Do Not Email Registry Report to Congress, the Commission explained that significant security, enforcement, practical, and technical challenges rendered a registry an ineffective solution to the spam problem. The Report, however, identified domain-level authentication as a promising technological development that would enable Internet Service Providers (‘‘ISPs’’) and other domain holders to better filter spam, and that would provide law enforcement with a potent tool for locating and identifying spammers. The Report concluded that the Commission could play an active role in spurring the market’s development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems. As a first step, the Report explained that the Commission, with other relevant government agencies, would host an Email Authentication Summit in the Fall of 2004. A Federal Register Notice, which can be found on this site, explains that the Commission and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (‘‘NIST’’) will host the Summit on November 9–10, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., asks for comments on a number of issues concerning email authentication standards, and solicits requests to participate in the Summit.
*** Email Authentication Testing Website Now Available ***
Where: Federal Trade Commission, Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Ave., Washington, D.C. 20001
When: November 9–10, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The event is open to the public, and there is no pre-registration and no attendance fee. For admittance to the building, all attendees will be required to display a valid form of identification, such as a driver's license.
Panelists' Bios [PDF]
Press Release: FTC, NIST to Host E-mail Authentication Summit (September 15, 2004)
Federal Register Notice [PDF]
Relevant Documents & Reports
|Presentations from Day 1 of the Summit (11/9/04)|
|Presentations from Day 2 of the Summit (11/9/04)|
National Do Not Email Registry: A Report To Congress [PDF]
The Email System and the Resulting Spam Problem (How email works) [PDF]
- Bounce Address Tag Validation (BATV):
- Identified Internet Mail (IIM):
- Sender ID:
- Client SMTP Validation (CSV):
The Email Authentication Summit (November 2004):
Announcement by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce; Request for Comments; and Solicitation of Requests to Participate
Consumer & Business Education
- Botnets and Hackers and Spam (Oh, My!) [PDF]
- Detect, Protect, Dis-infect: Consumers Online Face Wide Choices in Security Products [PDF]
- How Not to Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam [PDF]
- Securing Your Server — Shut the Door on Spam [PDF]
- Spyware [PDF]
- The CAN-SPAM Act: Requirements for Commercial Emailers [PDF]
- You've Got Spam: How to "Can" Unwanted Emails [PDF]
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Directions & Local Information
For further information contact Sana Coleman Chriss (202) 326-2249.