Web abuse

2007-09-03

in Geek stuff, Internet matters, Rants, Security

Rideau Canal

Spam is terribly frustrating stuff, partly because of how it is inconvenient and partly because of how it is a cancer that wrecks good things. (See previous: 1, 2, 3) The ideal internet is a place of free and honest communication. Spammers create the need for extensive defenses and scrutiny which take time to maintain and diminish that openness and spontaneity.

If you think the spam in your email inbox is bad, just consider yourself lucky that you do not also have to deal with comment and trackback spam on two blogs, a wiki, YouTube videos, and a half dozen secondary places. There are even phony marketing bots on Facebook now: keep your eyes peeled for ‘Christine Qian’ and ‘her’ ilk.

In the end, while decentralized approaches to spam management are time consuming and annoying, they are probably better than centralized systems would be. With the latter, there is always the danger of the wholesale manipulation and censorship of what is able to find its way online, or be transmitted across the web.

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Anon September 4, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Just a quick word: while tirades like this may be emotionally satisfying, they aren’t exactly interesting for most readers. This stuff should be below the surface.

Anon September 14, 2007 at 10:06 am

Canning spam

Sep 14th 2007
From Economist.com

Why is it so difficult to prevent junk e-mail?

Anon @ Wadh September 18, 2007 at 12:49 pm

No prescription, no problem

It’s surprisingly easy to purchase drugs online, a new study finds, but what you’re promised may not be what you get

Milan February 27, 2008 at 9:50 am

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