On the 30th of March 2004, the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau's (BDT) Regulatory Reform Unit (RRU) held a Global Regulators Excahnge (G-REX) virtual conference on regulatory cooperation on spam. The virtual conference was moderated by Dr. Bob Horton, Acting Chairman, Australian Communications Authority. The conference participants (PDF) united regulators responsible for countering Spam from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as the European Commission. The virtual conference was held following a recommendation made during the 2003 Global Symposium for Regulators that BDT launch a discussion on frameworks for international cooperation on countering Spam. A summary of discussions and outcomes of the conference is available (PDF).
The presentations made at the virtual conference included:
- State of Spam (PDF), Dr. Enrique Salem, President and CEO, Brightmail – USA
- Anti-Spam Activities in Japan (PDF), Mr. Toshihiko Shibuya, Deputy Director, Telecommunications Consumer Policy Division,
Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications – Japan
- The Australian Spam Experience and Views of Good International Cooperation (PDF), Dr. R. Horton, Acting Chairman,
Australian Communications Authority – Australia
- KISA's Anti-Spam Activities and Proposals for International Cooperation (PDF), Mr. Jaeil Lee, Vice President, Electronic Transaction security and Data protection Division, Korean Information Security Agency – Rep. of Korea
- ITU and Spam (PDF), Mr. Paul Alexander, Head of International Communications Policy, Department of Trade and Industry – UK
A group of working-level officials from six countries who are pursuing closer co-operative action which may involve the drafting of a multilateral framework for cooperation has been created. Representatives of ITU Member States interested in contributing to the working group lead by Bob Horton, can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ITU is organizing an ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Countering Spam from 7 to 9 July 2004, in Geneva, Switzerland.