A death penalty for spammers? No, the solution is social change

A recent New Yorker piece suggested that there are more than 170,000,000,000 emails sent every day. Of these billions, most are spam: something between 100bn and 150bn spam messages are sent every single day. That means that if Bill Gates were to put everyone on Earth online tomorrow, there would be spam enough for everyone: the newest born Bushman baby in the world could expect to get 20 offers of penis enlargement in her first day out of the womb.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/aug/16/guardianweeklytechnologysection.comment

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