[discuss] Another couple of items

Jorge Amodio jmamodio at gmail.com
Tue Jan 14 15:01:36 UTC 2014

SPAM, bulk junk mail, telemarketing calls, etc, IMHO exist because there
are people paying for it. When the ROI does not justify the marketing
expense anymore it will go away... I remember getting lots of faxes at some

One alternative is to take actions to increase the costs of sending SPAM.


On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM, Avri Doria <avri at acm.org> wrote:

> On 13-Jan-14 20:04, Rinalia Abdul Rahim wrote:
>> Avri,
>> Can you provide examples for "4. Issues that while of public interest
>> regardless, are transformed by the Internet"?
>> Rinalia
> Hmm, without taking into account Parminder's recasting of the issue back
> to 3.  Or Brian's explanations as I have not not thought them through yet.
>  And with the liability of proving how clueless I am:
> The first possible example that comes to my academic mind is SPAM.
> Certainly Bulk email is a fact of life and was for a long time before the
> Internet (though I admit I have not done research on bulk mail and when it
> began - it might have been the Sear's catalog back in the 19th century).
>  It has been a public interest issue and in the form of Junk mail
> discussions is still an issue for many people and institutions. And may
> even be an international issue at the UPU (Universal Postal Union) for all
> I know.
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