Think Tank to Publish Report on China-US Effort to Fight Spam

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A New York-based think tank is planning next month to release a report on cybersecurity and how to build a partnership between the United States and China to combat spam.

“Fighting Spam to Build Trust” will be the first product of talks between Chinese and United States experts convened by the EastWest Institute. The report will present best practices for decreasing spam, which accounts for about 90 percent of email traffic, according to the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group .

EWI CTO Karl Frederick Rauscher said the institute sees the report as part of its larger effort to help prevail the trust deficit between China and the United States on cybersecurity. The report will emphasize a leadership role for the private sector in both countries, Rauscher said, and include proposals for fighting spam.

Those recommendations include processes for creating international standards that will separate legitimate messages from spam and measures for discouraging spam, such as encouraging ISPs in both countries to use feedback loops.

John E. Mroz, EWI president and founder, said both nations face large moral and political dilemmas in cooperating on cybersecurity.

“Do we continue to see each other as enemies or rivals, or do we edge slowly forward trying to find common ground?” he  asked. “We know that the economic and personal security of our citizens depends on a quantum leap in cooperation and an end to the rapidly escalating cyber mistrust.”

Multilateral efforts to fight spam will be one of the topics discussed at EWI’s upcoming Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, taking place in London June 1-2.

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