MAAWG Joins The London Action Plan to Expand Cross-Border, Public-Private Anti-Spam Cooperation

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ -- The London Action Plan (LAP), an important
coalition of public and private entities from 27 countries cooperating on
international spam law enforcement, has invited the Messaging Anti-Abuse
Working Group (MAAWG) to join the alliance.  MAAWG is a global association of
network operators, email providers and vendors, and will work to support LAP
efforts to strengthen international cooperation in fighting spam and other
online abuse.
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    "MAAWG is a key international venue for sharing and improving on the most
effective techniques to combat online abuse, spam and fraud. MAAWG's
participation in the London Action Plan further advances the global
cooperation between public agencies and private industry that is essential to
protect consumers and commerce," said Hugh Stevenson, Deputy Director for
International Consumer Protection in the Office of International Affairs at
the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, one of the agencies serving as LAP's
    LAP members cooperate on cross-border spam-related matters, as permitted
within the laws of their respective countries.  The effort grew out of a 2004
meeting to develop a cooperative program furthering the work of various
international organizations addressing these issues, including the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the OECD Spam
Task Force, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the European
Union (EU), the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN),
and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
    The newly appointed MAAWG Public Policy Chair, Susan Israel of Comcast,
said, "Online abuse now flows seamlessly and consistently across borders
everywhere.  An important aspect of MAAWG is building the cooperative
relationships between our members, who are private-sector industry leaders,
and public agencies worldwide to better address these problems. Working with
LAP is an important milestone in this effort."
    LAP and the European Union's Contact Network of Spam Authorities co-
located their most recent joint meeting in October 2007 in Washington, D.C.
with the MAAWG 11th General Meeting.  MAAWG will hold its next members-only
meeting of about 300 industry professionals in San Francisco on Feb. 18-20.
The meeting will feature both open discussion and expert presentations on
abuse abatement, public policy issues, sender authentication, reputation
management, and understanding the end-user experience. Details are available
    About the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)
    The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) is where the messaging
industry comes together to work against spam, viruses, denial-of-service
attacks and other online exploitation.  MAAWG ( represents
almost one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators
worldwide.  It is the only organization addressing messaging abuse
holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including
technology, industry collaboration and public policy.  MAAWG leverages the
depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing
networks and new emerging services.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.,
MAAWG is an open forum driven by market needs and supported by major network
operators and messaging providers.
    Media Contact: Linda Marcus, APR, 714-974-6356,, Astra
    MAAWG Sponsors (Board of Directors): AOL; AT&T (NYSE:   T); Bell Canada;
Charter Communications (Nasdaq:   CHTR); Cloudmark; Comcast (Nasdaq:   CMCSA); Cox
Communications (NYSE:   COX); EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK); France Telecom (NYSE and
Euronext: FTE); Goodmail Systems; Google Inc.; Openwave Systems (Nasdaq:  
OPWV); Time Warner Cable; Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc.
    MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; AG Interactive; Bizanga LTD;
Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ); Ironport Systems; McAfee Inc.; MX Logic;
Outblaze LTD; Return Path, Inc.; Sprint; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Symantec; and
Telefonica SA
    A complete member list is available at

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For further information: Linda Marcus for Messaging Anti-Abuse Working 
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