On the agenda at the Study Group 17 meeting
WTSA Resolution 52.
The Study Group's response to a call from WTSA, the quadrennial event that
defines study areas for ITU-T, is the development of a work programme on countering spam by technical means. Chair Herb Bertine said that he has seen a significant number of
contributions in this area.
With spam having grown into one of the major plagues affecting the digital
world, causing additional costs and loss of revenue to Internet service
providers, telecoms operators and business users, measures to combat it have
taken on an added sense of urgency. Technical measures are an important way to
Key objectives of the work programme will be to identify and examine the
telecommunication network security risks introduced by the constantly changing
nature of spam and produce a comprehensive and up-to-date resource list of the
existing technical measures for countering spam in a telecommunication network.
The Study Group will examine issues including: what risks does spam pose to the
telecommunication network, what technical factors associated with the
telecommunication network contribute to the difficulty of identifying the
sources of spam, how can new technologies lead to opportunities to counter spam
and enhance the security of the telecommunication network, and do advanced
telecommunication network technologies (for example, SMS, instant messaging,
VoIP) offer unique opportunities for spam that require unique solutions?
Jianyong Chen who is the ITU-T expert leading the work (SG 17 Vice Chair): “The
fight against spam is being fought on many fronts, policy, regulatory, legal
and technical. Fighting spam by technical means will mean an examination of how
those that send out spam operate, but also we will
seek to cooperate with other relevant standards developing organizations (SDOs) and reference their works in the
field, rather than duplicating any of the good work that has gone before.”
The current work programme includes standards (ITU-T Recommendations) on topics
such as; Guidelines on countering e-mail SPAM; Requirements on countering SPAM;
Technical framework for countering e-mail SPAM; Overview of countering SPAM for
IP multimedia applications; Technical means for countering SPAM. The first two
Recommendations are aimed for approval in the second half of 2006.