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By: Amreesh Phokeer
Contributors: Alain Aina and Loganaden Velvindron

During the AIS'15 Meeting in Tunis, AFRINIC was invited to speak on anti-spam measures from AFRINIC's perspective. With the objective of  sensitising the AFRINIC community on spam, Amreesh Phokeer from  AFRINIC's Research and Innovation team wrote this article which also critically analyses existing anti-spam mechanisms and their utilisation.

Abstract

The concept of 'spam' on the Internet is known to virtually every Internet user. The fight against spam is a worldwide issue. Spam has a broad negative effect on the Internet causing technical and operational problems to network operators and users. It is a nuisance and is also regularly used in criminal activities such as phishing and other fraud.

While the issue of spam is multidimensional and needs be tackled at different levels, AFRINIC plays an important role as a provider of information on Internet number resources. AFRINIC itself is not mandated to fight spam but it maintains a registry that is of paramount importance for traceability of Internet Number Resources ownership information.

This paper specifically deals with the different policies and technical frameworks at AFRINIC, that are basically part of the RIR toolkit for Internet Number Resources Management, but which are important in the fight against spam.

The statistics however shows that those mechanisms, whether policy-related or technical, are mostly under-utilised.