[unisog] Anti-Spam task force/team

Thomas DuVally thomas_duvally at brown.edu
Thu May 8 18:24:36 GMT 2003


This in not meant to be a large group.  We envision a small
team/group/committee to aid in policy, educate and aid in the fight on
campus.  Maybe the use of the term "task force" was a little over
dramatic on my part.

Unfortunatly, in our environment, there will always be someone who
thinks that one message from their auntie was the end of the world, and
I don't have the authority to tell them "too bad".  Which translates
into "You lost my e-mail! The entire IT department sucks. 1st amendment!
1st amendment!"  



On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 13:57, Ben Curran wrote:
> I'll have to agree with Gary on this one. (don't form yet another "task force"--- pretty 
> please!) If it takes a "large group" to educate the user base on how to deal with 
> spam, then so be it. Personally, I feel that offering training on configuring centralized 
> or point-solution filtering might be the most helpful for users who feel the need, and 
> that no "large groups" need exist. (At the local level) Indeed, this training might best 
> be offered by very small groups. 
> 
> It must be remembered that spam is taking valuable resources in terms of bandwidth 
> time and energy from otherwise profitable/academic (No pun intended) pursuits.  In 
> this case, sinking large amounts of people power in terms of commitees, task forces, 
> interest groups etc. etc ad nauseum only adds to the problem. 
> 
> Filter it and forget it. If I miss one message from my aunt Mary in Ohio, oh well. I'll 
> survive.
> 
> 
> 
> On 8 May 2003 at 12:05, Thomas DuVally wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 11:22, Gary Flynn wrote:
> > > Being a believer in committee reproduction control, I'm not
> > > sure I see a need for having a group to create a "clearing
> > > house for spam info".
> > > 
> > 
> > At a largish organization, I think it would be necessary to create a
> > local group to pass on and contextualize (my big word for today)
> > information for the community.  The average person (student, faculty and
> > staff) isn't interested in the latest release of Bayesian filtering
> > tools, but does want a way to handle spam.  I think a dedicated group
> > could provide that connection.
> > 
> > > Policy wise, the biggest thing to address is probably the
> > > compromise between false positives and false negatives in
> > > filtering solutions. I suspect you'll get widely varying
> > > opinions on whether to err on the side of stopping SPAM
> > > or getting the mail through.
> > > 
> > 
> > Agreed, and that would be the main focus of a group.  Aid in policy
> > creation by being a knowledge pool, and offer solutions to concerns
> > about each side (too much, or not enough)
> > 
> > > I personally believe it best to leave that decision up
> > > to individual users if the mail system in question allows
> > > that.
> > > 
> > 
> > I also agree with this.  We are a "tag and pass through" kinda shop,
> > mostly since we are seen as a liberal university, its BAD to restrict
> > any content, but we provide the tools the users can decide with.
> > 
> > > As far as whether it is a security problem, since security
> > > involves availability of services you could certainly put
> > > it there...along with everything else. :)
> > 
> > This is an emerging concern.  We have yet to really get a grasp on it,
> > but we know it's there and don't like what it could mean.  We want to be
> > sure we have both sides covered: provide the services, ensure the
> > services are safe.
> > 
> > -- 
> > TJ Du Vally
> > 
> 
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