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ICANN proposes controls for blocklists ?

Postby Red Dwarf » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:56 pm

Surely, this must be from the Onion. My emphasis added. :roll:
01 Apr 2013
ICANN announces Blocking Usage Review Panel ICANN

Culminating a year-long policy development process, ICANN today launched its new Blocking Usage Review Panel (BURP). The BURP provides long-needed oversight over services that block Internet traffic.

"While everyone understands that national laws such as the U.S. CAN SPAM define what traffic is or is not elegible [sic] to block, legal processes can be slow and cumbersome," said a spokeswoman. "Since the Internet is global and traffic often traverses multiple countries, the array of different laws cause uncertainty."

The BURP is designed to be quick and easy. No signup process is needed, since everyone who sends traffic to or from the Internet is covered automatically. When a complaint is filed, an evaluation panel is selected with a member from each constituency:

IP based blocklists including Spamhaus, UCEPROTECT, SORBS, and Spamcop
Major brand advertisers including Kraft, the AARP, and Vistaprint
Public interest groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Software Foundation, and Stophaus

The BURP panel will meet and promptly produce its decision, typically in no more than six to ten weeks. During that time, to prevent inadvertent damage, any blocking will be suspended.

"While it is possible that a small amount of spam or malware might slip through during the decision period, we're confident that the increased transparency far outweighs any minor inconvenience," noted ICANN.

Spamhaus president Steve Linford, contacted at their temporary headquarters in space subleased from Google in Chapel Hill NC commented:

"Spamhaus welcomes this increased level of detailed oversight. We expect the BURP to increase confidence among major stakeholders including marketers, the press, and developers of installable software."

ICANN disclosed that they have hired a well known specialist in e-mail marketing, who recently completed a multi-year assignment.

"We are fortunate to have been able to retain Mr. Alan Ralsky to oversee the new BURP. His broad industry experience uniquely qualifies him for the role," said ICANN, "and the timing couldn't be better."

John Levine, thanks for the laugh.
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Re: ICANN proposes controls for blocklists ?

Postby AlphaCentauri » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:38 pm

Seriously, where is this from? Ralsky's out of jail?
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Re: ICANN proposes controls for blocklists ?

Postby trobbins » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:15 pm

Must be an April Fools Joke.
Note the date.

And they could not come up with a better name than BURP? :twisted:
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Re: ICANN proposes controls for blocklists ?

Postby Red Dwarf » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:55 pm

AlphaCentauri wrote:Seriously, where is this from? Ralsky's out of jail?


John Levine's April 1 blog
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Re: ICANN proposes controls for blocklists ?

Postby spamislame » Wed May 15, 2013 10:43 am

AlphaCentauri wrote:Seriously, where is this from? Ralsky's out of jail?

He was released on Sept. 14th, 2012

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderSe ... &x=53&y=12

It is at least possible that he might be an anti-spam consultant but I think we'd all need further details on that one.

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