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Spam: Understanding and Mitigating the Challenges Faced by Emerging Internet Economies

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Internet Society (ISOC)

Newly emerging Internet economies are the springboard for innovation, the engine for sustainable development and the doorway to new creative uses of the Internet for social progress. But, as these economies increase their online presence, they also face the prospect of becoming a target and/or a haven for spammers.

This workshop will explore the specific challenges that emerging Internet economies face today, and discuss what we can do together to mitigate the propagation and effect of spam on those economies.


Ms Christine Runnegar, ISOC

Speakers / panellists
  • Welcome remarks by Dr. Kemal HUSEINOVIC - Chief, Department of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, BDT
  • Overview of ITU-D capacity building work to combat spam by Eliot Lear, ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 3 Co-Rapporteur
  • Why the spam challenges faced by emerging Internet economies today may be different from those faced by more mature Internet economies by Ms Christine Runnegar, ISOC
  • The legal dimension : Enforcement success stories and challenges by Mr Evert Jan Hummelen, London Action Plan
  • A regulatory perspective: sharing local experience in the international context, Speaker to be confirmed
  • Perspectives from emerging Internet economies by Ms Rahayu Azlina Ahmad, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Mr Stephen Bureaux, Director of Policy and Regulation, Utilities and Competition Authority, Bahamas. 
  • Speaker from Spamhaus
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

The propagation and evolution of Spam is considered as a Cyberthreat which needs to be monitored, reduced and prevented through technical, legal, procedural measures amongst other. It is a global phenomena that impacts on building confidence in the use of ICTs.

Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Building resilience in using ICTS for development, has an  implied component of ensuring safe usage of ICTs with limited outages. By addressing SPAM issues, we contribute to enhancing cybersecurity and building resilience.

Session 152
  • Friday, 11:00 – 12:45
  • Room C2, ITU Tower
  • Thematic Workshop

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland