First Proposal: Freedom from SPAM Act
Give it a look please, if you agree, tell your delegate. Last time I checked it was on page 7. If you disagree with some part of it or the whole of it, I would like some feedback, could be helpful in future proposals.
Eleven views, three votes, no posts... C'mon people, even if it's something as childish as "YOOR PRIPOZIL SUKKS BUTT DORKWAD!!!", somebody talk to me!
The nation of Londana supports this proposal.
The nation of Calumnia regrets that it was unable to find any proposal for the issue in question. An enlightenment would be most welcome -- the nation of Calumnia further regrets that it is unable to vote unless it receives a detailed report on this issue.
Freedom From SPAM Act
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Human Rights Strength: Significant Proposed by: Forkissa
The electronic mail inboxes of every man, woman and child on the face of the planet are being clogged with unwanted solicitory email, hereafter referred to as SPAM.
This problem is causing minutes a day in irritation, millions of kilobytes of bandwith waste, and millions of dollars of corporate money from the clogging.
The problem is and has been growing at a nearly exponential rate for years now.
All people have the right to be free from barrages of obscenity and unwanted sales offers, and these serve only to worsen the general mood and lifestyle of civilization
It is proposed that from twenty days after the passage of this bill, laws be put into effect in every member country of the United Nations stating that any company found to be in posession of a list of emails for the usage of SPAM be fined the equivilent to five hundred thousand dollars and any company found to be sending unsolicitated email be fined the equivilent of five thousand dollars per email. Companies wishing to continue sending emails to private citizens must be in posession of a valid electronic signature which was gained without deceit and with a full disclaimer explaining what form of email the signee was subscribing to.
Approvals: 44 (Forkissa, Qaaolchoura, Danu, Bonerlind, Ariddia, Dionalka, Taraguy, FoxTopia, Xaqon, Kristinuria, New Ithilien, HRH Lord Verbeeck I, Neeeow Wum Ping, Markodonia, _Myopia_, Londana, Cyberpilgrims, Mattigool, Quixotia, Lamoni, Mike-topia, Artemisia Absentia, Benlandia, TheYankeesSuck, The Westcountry, The Greater Kingdom, Great Googlymoogly, Amoline, Lemurlands, ReVtopia, Free Minds Enslaved, Madrigals, The Moley Mug, Solarisadia, Conglomostan, Gaeltach, Magical elven gnomes, Vissarion, The Malarkies, NouvelleTerre, Jriff, Naleth, Zapania, Mmrkuudnia)
Status: Lacking Support (requires 90 more approvals)
Voting Ends: Wed Dec 17 2003
If you approve of this, please vote on it today, voting is almost over and because of the beauracracy of this system it's been buried in the pages of proposals for the whole time.
His Most Excellent Majesty King Trevor of Trevland supports the principle of this proposal but has reluctantly concluded that he cannot endorse the resolution in its current form.
His Majesty's concern is that he has been informed by his technological advisers that most SPAM is sent by individuals rather than corporations so that the resolution would be ineffective against this serious problem.
His Majesty is also concerned that the final part of the resolution lacks clarity and would lead to uncertainty.
Ii have a proposal idea like this along somewhere in the U.N. forums, except mine covers the junk email (spam) issue and other online baddies, so if this proposal needs to do another round in the U.N. please forum browsers parade past mine, and some one PLEASE if you like it endorse my nation, so I can submit it. Also positive if critical comments elcome, BTW, its called Convention Against O.U.C.H (Que corny music at catchy arconym! :wink: ) and has a poll.
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I suppor the anti-spam movement! It's an excellent idea that would save us... well... it'd save us somehow. Anyway, my point is that, spam is annoying, and it must die.
*puts large NO SPAM badge on*
Starts chating: no more spam! No more spam!
King Trevor, I do understand your concern, and if this Act is passed, be assured I will make a proposal to correct the holes in it immediately following. However, this is still an important step forward in my view.
Just 15 more approvals necessary!
Brothers, sisters, countrymen and Romans!
Go to your delegates, your neighbors, your allies!
Fight SPAM with us, the USSF!
The Allied States of Qorzi support the Freedom from SPAM Act
Thank you all very much for your support on the Freedom From SPAM Act. Because of your help, it is now heading to the U.N. floor. But the fight is not over yet. We're but halfway there. Now help me get it passed and take a step forward in ridding the world of SPAM!!
This isn't a human rights proposal. There is no recognized "Right to an Inbox." There is a right to free speech, but no one seems to care about that. This is a Moral Decency proposal -- keeping the unruly, annoying groups out of people's inboxes.
This problem is causing minutes a day in irritation...
Oh, sweet heaven, minutes a day. Out of 1440 minutes every day, that one minute can make all the difference. People are dying everywhere because of spam, in fact.
Never mind that I don't know a single person who even averages a minute a day dealing with spam. I'm sure that type of person exists, but they are, I believe, in the minority.
...millions of kilobytes of bandwith waste...
Ohhh, millions of kilobytes! That's alot! Tonight, by myself (ie: one single user out of quite, quite many), I have transmitted and received several million kilobytes of data -- that means that, assuming your number isn't a wild guess, which I rather suspect that it is, spam email is not a threat to the bandwidth of the Internet.
...millions of dollars of corporate money...
Millions of dollars, eh? A nice, precise figure. Sounds like there sure was a lot of research on this proposal, with nice numbers like "MILLIONS! RAR!" Do you even have any data to back this statement up?
The problem is and has been growing at a nearly exponential rate for years now.
Right. Do you have any data to back THAT up? I can tell you I get less spam today than I did four years ago.
All people have the right to be free from barrages of obscenity and unwanted sales offers...
Where is this "right" recognized at an international level?
...and these serve only to worsen the general mood and lifestyle of civilization
Really? I somehow doubt that, if you put up a poll to ask people what they thought the number one problem facing society is today, that any significant number of people would say "Spam emails are worsening the general mood of civilization!" Again, they "worsen the general mood?" How do spam emails even alter the lifestyle?
...any company found to be in posession of a list of emails for the usage of SPAM be fined the equivilent to five hundred thousand dollars and any company found to be sending unsolicitated email be fined the equivilent of five thousand dollars per email.
A bit excessive, perhaps?
Besides all that, I've already found an easy loophole in this proposal -- export the spam industry outside of the United Nations. This proposal only states that companies in possession of lists or sending spam email to personal addresses can be fined, so the companies will simply have third parties assemble these same lists outside of the member nations. Once these lists are moved out, all the company would have to do is email the third party and instruct them to do the spamming. So even if you do support the cause of stopping spam, this proposal isn't going to do it at all.
The best solution is to get a spam blocker. They really do work wonders. Anyone too lazy to get one (or even several, perhaps) has no grounds for complaint, in my view. A proposal regarding spam blockers would be more likely to gain my support.