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	Title		: Technical Considerations for Spam Control Mechanisms
	Author(s)	: D. Crocker
	Filename	: draft-crocker-spam-techconsider-00.txt
	Pages		: 13
	Date		: 2003-4-30
	
Internet mail has operated as an open and unfettered
channel between originator and recipient. This invites
some abuses, called spam, such as burdening recipients
with unwanted commercial email. Spam has become an
extremely serious problem, is getting much worse, and
is proving difficult (or impossible) to eliminate. The
most practical goal is to bring spam under reasonable
control; it will require an on-going, adaptive effort,
with stochastic rather than complete results. This note
discusses available points of control in the Internet
mail architecture, considerations in using any of those
points, and opportunities for creating Internet
standards to aid in spam control efforts.  It offers
guidance about likely trade-offs (benefits and
limitations.)

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