The Problem

"Spamming is the scourge of electronic-mail and newsgroups on the Internet. It can seriously interfere with the operation of public services, to say nothing of the effect it may have on any individual's e-mail mail system. ... Spammers are, in effect, taking resources away from users and service suppliers without compensation and without authorization."

-- Vint Cerf, Senior Vice President, MCI
and acknowleged "Father of the Internet"
(quote used with permission)

Junk Email

We all get junk mail at home. It's an accepted fact of life, at least in the U.S. So why is Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) -- a/k/a "spam" or "junk email" -- a problem?

To understand the problem of UCE, you must first understand what is most often advertised via UCE. There are many places on the Internet where copies of UCE are reposted by recipients and system administrators in order to help notify the Internet community about where UCE is originating. Surveying mailing lists like SPAM-L@EVA.DC.LSOFT.COM and USENET newsgroups in the* hierarchy, you will see that there are very few reputable marketers using UCE to advertise goods and services. To the contrary, the most commonly seen UCEs advertise:

So why is this such a problem?

For a more detailed analysis of how junk mailers operate, and how the practice of spamming affects ISPs and consumers, please see the Official Written Testimony of CAUCE's Lobbyist Ray Everett-Church at the Federal Trade Commission's "Public Workshop on Consumer Information Privacy."

Go Back to Shy David's Anti-Spam Page.