Bill Gates Trying To Reinvent The Wheel To Stop Spam

from the been-there,-done-that... dept

Now that he’s no longer running the business side of Microsoft, Bill Gates has apparently turned his attention to spam. That’s right, in his spare time, he’s been messing around with a variety of ways to solve the spam problem, though, it sounds like all of his ideas are already being tried elsewhere. I guess that’s not all that surprising considering Microsoft’s history. What will be more interesting is whether or not he can get any of these methods to really work. The first is using basic sender authentication via a challenge-response solution. His second idea is basically greylisting (making servers slow down emails from unknown senders to make it more difficult/expensive for spammers to send out so many messages), which seems to be getting some more attention these days. His final idea, though, which he seems to have the most faith in, is a money-based plan to charge unknown senders to email you. The idea is that you would set a price for unknown people to email you – but you have the option of waiving that fee if it turns out you really wanted to hear from someone. I’ve heard of people talking about similar plans, but have never heard of it being implemented.


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Kevin says:

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This is a riot considering that windows security flaws are responsible for a good sized portion of all the junk email out there. Also denial of service attacks, made possible by windows security, are punishing spamfighters. Every spamfighter out there is terrified that they will be the next target of a windows zombie DOS attack that they cant do anything about,

Howard (user link) says:

Re: e-postage

E-postage can’t happen until two other things happen: 1) an inexpensive micropayment system, and 2) ubiquitous encryption of email.

Actually, the spam problem could be pretty much solved with #2. If you had to get my public key, and use it to communicate with you, that would increase the cost of sending spam enough to eliminate it. The whole problem with spam is that it doesn’t cost anything to do it.

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Steve (user link) says:

e-postage no - Sender Guarantees - YES!

Nobody wants e-postage and rightfully so. But, Sender Guarantees are already implemented. It is the only way the average Internet user will ever be able to freely list their contact information and still have 100% control over unsolicited interruptions. It’s called Personal Value Control and I predict it will be available to every Internet user in the near term.

While the economic portion of this system is still not widely adopted (but it is growing) the underlying use of MTA signed messages to support the guarantees offers existing users assurances when implemented across multiple business units and or remote offices.

Sender Guarantees and Personal Value Control are coming. Let’s face, it is common practice to use economics to protect every successful other business portal so why not deliver this ability to the everyday average Internet user?

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