A researcher at IBM's Watson Research Center has a new idea about how to slam spam: Make spammers pay to send messages. Scott Fahlman has written a basic algorithm that can determine whether incoming E-mails hail from an addressee on a recipient-defined list of approved addresses. Messages from addresses not on the list would be scoured for a 10-digit authentication code obtained from software running the algorithm or a "charity stamp" site that would issue such codes for a fee small enough to be acceptable to legitimate E-mailers; messages without the codes would be returned to the sender. Says Fahlman, "If we change the social rules of E-mail just a tiny bit, I think the whole problem of spam goes away."
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.