The Internet Society's Anti-Spam Toolkit
Spam is a challenge for Internet users, businesses, and policymakers alike. Estimates vary, but some suggest that more than 100 billion spam messages are sent every day, representing up to 85 percent of global daily email traffic.The proliferation of spam presents a harmful, costly, and evolving threat to Internet users. Governments can help reduce the impact of spam by deterring offenders via effective laws and enforcement measures, multistakeholder antispam efforts, the adoption of best practices, and citizen education about the dangers of spam. Network operators can help reduce the impact of spam by taking steps to reduce the chances that spam originates on your networks. Individual users can take actions so that they do not contribute to the spam problem. It is through working collaboratively that we will be able to combat the challenge of spam!
In this toolkit, we provide you with information about how you can help reduce the spread of spam.
If you are looking for introductory information about spam, we suggest the following:
- The Challenge of Spam: An Internet Society Policy Brief (Spanish) (French)
- What is Spam?
- Botnets: An Internet Society Policy Brief (Spanish) (French)
- Combating Spam: Policy, Technical and Industry Approaches
- Online Tutorial: Combating Spam and Mobile Threats (also available in Spanish)
Finding More Information
To help you more easily find the right type of resources and suggestions, please choose from the following links:
- Resources for individual users
- Resources for network operators
- Resources for government / policy staff and regulators
Beyond that material for specific audiences, we maintain a list of additional resources that include industry best practices, technical information and more.
Do you have ideas for additional information we should share on this page? Did you not find what you are looking for? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for your interest and please do spread the word about this Anti-Spam Toolkit so that by working together we can reduce the scourge of spam!
Verizon - As a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers, Verizon Communications Inc. is proud to be working with the Internet Society to fight unwanted and unsolicited forms of electronic communications known as spam.
The Internet Society would also like to recognize the following companies and organizations for their assistance in the development of the toolkit.
Additionally, we thank the following entities for their financial contributions to our overall efforts to combat spam: the government of the Netherlands; AT&T; ARIN; LACNIC; and individuals who contributed to a crowdfunding campaign.
The Internet Society is pleased to bring you this Anti-Spam Toolkit as part of our joint work with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to address the challenge of spam. Please see the ITU's page on combating spam for more information about their resources.