An initiative to encourage more global co-operation in combating junk email has been set up by six international organisations involved in spam-fighting.
StopSpamAlliance, launched on Tuesday, is a joint initiative to gather information and resources on combating spam.
The organisations involved in the initiative are APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation), the European Union's CNSA (contact network of spam-enforcement authorities), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), the London Action Plan, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the Seoul-Melbourne Anti-Spam group, according to the StopSpamAlliance website.
The StopSpamAlliance hopes to help businesses and consumers deal with unsolicited junk email. Its web pages link to initiatives in anti-spam legislation and enforcement activities, consumer and business education, best practices for dealing with spam, and international co-operation. An agenda detailing anti-spam events by the organisations involved is also available on the site.
The initiative was set up in line with the World Summit on Information Society 2005 Tunis agenda, which asked members to "deal effectively with the significant and growing problem posed by spam" and calling upon all stakeholders to adopt a multi-pronged approach to counter it.