World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


EU and Asia unite against ‘spam’

EU and Asia unite against ‘spam’

A joint drive to combat ‘spam’ e-mail from Europe and Asia was agreed by Government participants attending an Asia-Europe (ASEM) conference on eCommerce, held in London on 21-22 February. In a joint statement on international anti-spam cooperation, ASEM’s 25 European and 13 Asian member countries agree to take action to fight spam nationally and to promote anti-spam efforts in international organisations and by industry. ASEM members include China and South Korea, which are reportedly major sources of spam.

“I welcome this important EU-Asia statement on spam”, Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said. “The EU cannot act alone in the fight against spam as it is essentially borderless. It is crucial that the problem be taken seriously in every part of the world and in particular in regions where a lot of spam is reported to originate”.

Over 60% of global e-mail traffic is spam according to various industry sources. Experts estimate that over 20% of global ‘spam’ e-mail originates in China and South Korea alone (source: Sophos, December 2004). The ASEM joint statement, initiated by the European Commission, encourages all countries to set up national anti-spam strategies and then to engage in international cooperation.

The conference showed that responses are emerging, with some successes in enforcement and better technical solutions for combating spam. Participants called on governments and industry in Europe and Asia to further ensure that adequate anti-spam frameworks, including legislation, are in place in every country, and to engage in international cooperation to combat this inherently cross-border threat. The statement commits ASEM countries to conduct regular discussions and take actions through policy and enforcement officials. Action would include legislation and enforcement, as well as awareness raising, industry self-regulation, technical solutions and partnerships between governments and the internet community.

Worryingly, “spam” e-mail undermines consumer confidence in e-commerce and the Information Society. Success in combating it is vital to boost trade and investment through on-line technologies.

This statement echoes Europe’s many anti-spam efforts, including the recent anti-spam cooperation procedure agreed by many EU enforcement authorities (see IP/05/146), and regional cooperation efforts pursed within the OECD.

About ASEM

ASEM is a multilateral forum for action-orientated debate between the 25 EU Member States, the European Commission and 13 Asian partner countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The first ASEM Summit of Heads of State was held in Bangkok in March 1996. ASEM’s work is divided into three pillars: political, social partnership and economic cooperation. A key priority under economic cooperation is identifying ways of strengthening the trade and investment flows between Europe and Asia.

The statement, as well as more information on the conference can be found at:

The Commission is also active bilaterally not least with the USA, another important source of spam, and in multilateral discussions ongoing in the International Telecommunications Union and in the OECD Task Force on spam.

Recent Commission initiatives on spam can be found at:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news