April 6, 2003  ·  Lessig

After my talk at CFP on Friday, some smart soul asked me a question that I answered quite stupidly. He asked whether part of the problem we face cames from a “naive” opposition to regulation. This was an argument I had made before in Code, and I was not eager to engage it again. But the right answer is yes: there is still a need balanced and useful regulation. The one (but only) sense in which Declan is right is that none of the regulation we’ve seen so far is either balanced or useful.

But that does not mean that balanced and useful regulation wouldn’t do some good. As I go through my morning mail (I counted today: 83% of messages received in the past 24 hours is spam), I am reminded of an especially useful set of regulations that Congress should enact immediately to save email from the sludge that buries it. I’ve bet my job on one solution. But whether that solution or another, this is something Congress should do soon.

  • http://home.uchicago.edu/~kldavis Karl

    I’ve been using Bob Cringley’s ‘Solution to Spam’ seen here, and I haven’t read one piece of e-mail that I didn’t want to read in over two weeks.

    I’ve raised the eyebrows of two of my coworkers who were forced to contact me and ask me to add their e-mail addresses to my contacts, but at the same time I couldn’t guess the number of opportunities for hair growth, refinanced mortgages, and the Nigerian wealth that I’ve thankfully been spared.

    I know it won’t work for people who are using pine or basic webmail, but any decent e-mail client should allow you to set up a solution such as Bob’s.