May Silicon Valley Speaker Series: Microsoft’s Anti-Spam Initiative

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 23, 2003 — On Thursday, May 29, Ryan Hamlin, general manager of the Anti-Spam Technology & Strategy Group at Microsoft Corp., will discuss how Microsoft is working to help address the problem of spam.

The spam problem has reached such epidemic proportions for consumers and businesses that it threatens the very viability of e-mail as a communication tool and corrodes the overall online experience. Given that more than half of all e-mail is spam, consumers and businesses are demanding solutions.

Microsoft believes that effective solutions will be found through a comprehensive approach that includes technology, industry self-regulation, consumer education, appropriate legislation and enforcement against spammers. Hamlin will discuss Microsoft’s efforts in all these areas, particularly technology, and the opportunity for industry and government to work together to help resolve this important issue.

Discussion topics include the following:

  • Making it easier to distinguish
    “good”
    e-mail from unwanted e-mail in many ways, such as investing in filtering capabilities and developing methods to verify whether the senders of messages are who they say they are

  • Rolling out anti-spam technology features in Microsoft® products, such as MSN® , Hotmail® , Outlook®
    and Exchange, specifically discussing the types of technologies that differentiate
    “good”
    from unwanted e-mail and why Microsoft has invested in machine learning technologies as its preferred method of filtering

  • Working with government as it drafts legislation to allow targeted enforcement against people who abuse the e-mail system at low cost to themselves but high cost to consumers, enterprises and Internet service providers

  • Working with law enforcement to take legal action against illegal spammers

What: May Silicon Valley Speaker Series: Microsoft’s Anti-Spam Initiative

Date: Thursday, May 29

Time: 12:30-2 p.m. PDT

Location: Microsoft’s Mountain View campus

Bldg. 1, Conference Center

1065 LaAvenida

Mountain View, Calif.

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