Digital Authentication Cures Spam?

September 3, 2003

in Spam

A user centric approach to solving the spam problem using digital signatures from First Monday Giving E-mail back to the users by Trevor Tompkins and Dan Handley


“This paper argues that current legislative and private attempts to stop spam are either ineffective, or involve unacceptable tradeoffs.


We propose a system that possesses the following features of authentication:



  • The authentication process should be easy to initiate. Just as in face-to-face communication, users should have an effortless way to grant their family, friends, and coworkers immediate authentication status.
  • Authentication should have the option of being transferable. Users may want their friends to be able to give other friends authentication for your e-mail address. This is not unlike the real life situation

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