UK to host anti-spam event

July summit will pool ideas on curbing spam's spiralling growth

The first UK spam summit will take place on 1 July in London, MP Derek Wyatt announced this month. Meanwhile, free email provider Yahoo launched its anti-spam campaign on Thursday with a 'Dump the Junk' day.

The spam summit is due to be opened by e-commerce minister Stephen Timms, and representatives from the US and EU will speak at the event.

Wyatt, who is chairman of the All Party Internet Group (Apig), said it was important for international speakers to attend, as "only 10 per cent of spam comes from within the EU".

He added that an EU anti-spam law due in late October may be ineffectual unless spam is treated as a worldwide problem and global regulations are created to combat it.

Apig is currently gathering information about the extent of the spam problem from industry, legislative bodies and vendors of anti-spam tools.

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