The Continued Impact of Spam on the Digital Economy

December 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2013) - Spam, unsolicited bulk email messages sent indiscriminately often for advertising purposes, costs businesses and consumers billions of dollars annually and is a common avenue for cyber security attacks, including malware and phishing. To address this threat, Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act in 2003, which created the first federal standards for sending email messages as well as an enforcement framework for addressing illegal spamming.

While the law has had some success, "spammers" have become more sophisticated in avoiding current legal frameworks and the general growth in the use of the Internet has only enhanced the incentives for sending spam. On the tenth anniversary of CAN-SPAM, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a panel discussion on the technological and legal aspects of the battle against spammers and what additional steps policymakers can take to address this problem.

"A Decade after CAN-SPAM" will be held Monday, December 16 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at ITIF, 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A. It will be moderated by Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF and panelists will include Colleen Robbins, Chief of Online Threat Initiatives with the Federal Trade Commission, Robert Mahini, Policy Counsel for Google, Michael O'Reirdan, Engineering Fellow with Comcast Cable, and Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst at ITIF.

The panel discussion is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules.


The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at

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