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Musicians Summit A Much Needed Recourse?

For musicians out there, no matter how big and how small, there is no real summit or conference that connects everyone together. Although this has something to do with prominence of musical talent shows like American Idol, there should still be a conference for musicians alike.

We understand that it is quite a saturated field, and that plenty of people think that they have the talent to be then next great musician, however we are really missing out on a conference of this magnitude.

Music right now is very monotone in the spectrum of what it could be. What I mean is that most songs follow a very similar line in music theory, whereas there is an entire spectrum they can be focused on instead. This has to do with what has been found to be pleasant to the human ear, but it is 2016 now and we are still way behind in terms of music than we should be.

Much like the audio industry is stuck moving in the wrong direction, with the record players still being the superior way to listen to music albums because the sound is much better than modern mp4.

If I am wrong in insinuating that a music based conference where aspiring artists and vendors in the music industry unite, than let me know! If it already exists and I am not aware of it, do so as well.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think about this? I personally believe that a conference would not only help music progress in the future, but also help the industry as a whole with more competition and less of the current monopoly that it is.

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Globally-Developed MAAWG Best Practices for Dynamic Address Sharing, Email Forwarding Now Available; Aimed at Botnets, Improving User Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2008 – Network operators and ISPs from around the world have cooperated on two new best practice papers addressing technical issues that will help block botnet-induced spam and improve the deliverability of consumers’ personal emails.  The recommendations for sharing IP address space and for email forwarding were approved at a Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) meeting in Heidelberg, Germany last week and are available today.

“MAAWG Methods for Sharing Dynamic IP Address Space Information with Others” resolves a concern heightened by the proliferation of botnets, which often use dynamic addresses to send spam.  The paper describes four approaches to make these addresses more easily obtainable by mailbox providers and includes a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The methods in the paper “MAAWG Recommendations: Email Forwarding Best Practices” will help ISPs distinguish legitimate consumers using a forwarding service from spammers.  It outlines practices to improve cooperation between volume forwarders and network operators to avoid unintentionally blocking valid accounts because of abusive incoming mail.

Help Distinguish Legitimate from Potentially Criminal

The address sharing recommendations were developed to assist mailbox providers that do not accept email sent from dynamic IP addresses.  While most consumers connect to the Web through modems using a dynamic address, their email is usually funneled through their ISP’s mail server, which has a static (non-changing) IP address.  But when a bot invades a consumer’s computer, it often bypasses the ISP’s mail server so that the resulting spam comes directly from the user’s dynamic address. Identifying the ranges of network addresses that each ISP has assigned as dynamic addresses so that mailbox providers can identify and cut off botnet-induced spam, has been a complex and difficult process.

“There have been industry discussions about sharing dynamic IP addresses for years, and even some proposals, but this paper represents the first time a sizeable group of ISPs have come together to agree on how to do it.  The recommendations are another necessary step toward helping mailbox providers eliminate spam originating from botnets before it hits users’ inboxes,” said J.D. Falk, MAAWG Board member and Return Path director of product management.

The forwarding best practices also provide technical recommendations to improve communications between sending and receiving entities.  Many mailbox providers and institutions offer consumers either a permanent email address or a short-lived, temporary address set up so that messages are forwarded to consumers’ underlying ISP account.  Over time, these addresses may receive and forward a significant volume of junk mail, causing the user’s ISP to conclude that the forwarding service is a spam source and block all incoming mail from that service.  The MAAWG paper outlines steps forwarders can implement to improve deliverability and speed problem resolutions, such as separating sending and forwarding server functions. Practices for receivers include posting policies on the Web and recognizing IP space designated for forwarding.

Jordan Rosenwald, co-editor of the forwarding paper and Comcast manager of anti-abuse technologies, said, “Any address will attract some spam and incoming traffic from a forwarded account that has been in use for years can look like a deluge of spam, causing an ISP to block it.  Spammers also are developing new ways to use forwarded email to their advantage, so the steps outlined in this paper will provide savings for both forwarders and receivers, but more importantly, can help protect consumers from being unnecessarily and unintentionally blocked.”

Both papers are available at no cost from the MAAWG Web site, www.MAAWG.org.  They were finalized at the MAAWG 13th General Meeting, which was attended by over 230 abuse and privacy professionals from ISPs, email providers and vendors representing 18 countries.  The trade association’s final meeting for 2008 will be Sept. 22-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., and will include working sessions and expert speakers on a variety of topics including botnets and increasing worldwide anti-abuse cooperation.

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New IPv6 and DKIM Training Courses Added to Upcoming MAAWG Global Meeting; Top EU Cybercrime Commissioner To Address Proposed Laws Among 25 Other Sessions on Messaging Abuse at Meeting

San Francisco, May 21, 2009 – Two new hands-on training classes taught by recognized industry experts  — a class on IPv6 featuring a live IPv6 Web connection and a class on implementing DKIM email authentication –- will be available to attendees at the 16th MAAWG General Meeting at no cost.  The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), the largest global trade association working against messaging exploitation, added the courses to help educate the industry on the latest techniques to manage messaging networks while protecting online users and improving email deliverability.

The MAAWG meeting, June 9-11 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will feature a keynote address by one of the top cybercrime officials at the European Commission, Radomir Jansky, on proposed EU legislative work addressing online attacks and botnets. There will also be more than 25 working sessions related to spam and mobile spam, botnets and messaging abuse.

The two training classes will be offered June 8 before the members-only meeting.  MAAWG meetings focus on cooperative global efforts, education and industry networking to combat messaging abuse in all its forms and generally attract hundreds of international attendees.

Practical, Expert Training, Live IPv6 Connectivity

“We added the new training classes to help our members take the lead in securing their networks and protecting their users.  The working professionals teaching these courses have a wide-ranging understanding of both the theoretical and practical side of these technologies and we are fortunate to have them share their knowledge,” said Michael O’Reirdan, MAAWG chairman.

The live IPv6 connectivity available for the training class and during the meeting will be provided by MAAWG member UPC Broadband, the European division of Liberty Global, Inc., which is a primary international cable operator providing television, broadband Internet and telephone services to approximately 10 million customers throughout 10 European countries. This will be the first exposure for many of the MAAWG attendees to a working IPv6 network.

The class will cover the fundamentals of the new protocol, including how to configure an operating system to connect with a network running IPv6 and an opportunity to connect to an IPv6 Web and mail server.  MAAWG IPv6 Committee Co-Chair John Jason Brzozowski and MAAWG Senior Advisor Joe St Sauver will teach the course.

The training session on implementing DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail), which uses cryptographic signing to identify the organization that is taking responsibility for a message, will provide practical instruction on applying the authentication method to email servers.  DKIM is one of several popular standards for adding trust back into email, helping services correctly identify and deliver safe mail.  The course will be taught by David Crocker, MAAWG senior advisor, Internet pioneer and principal of Brandenburg InternetWorking; and Cloudmark DKIM expert Murray Kucherawy.  Both are active in the DKIM standardization process.

Some of the topics to be covered in the 25 sessions during the three-day meeting are:
•    Cross-border enforcement mechanisms
•    Botnet recovery and mitigation issues
•    Inter-provider feedback mechanisms
•    Spam on mobile
•    Deliverability and delivery in Europe

A special MAAWG ISP Closed Colloquium, usually limited to service providers, will be opened to all attendees to encourage frank, open roundtable conversations on working within the industry to combat messaging abuse.  MAAWG members are ISPs, email providers, volume senders and security vendors.

More information on the upcoming meeting and on MAAWG is available at www.MAAWG.org.

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Industry Takes on Botnets, Other Issues at MAAWG Meeting; Focus on Cooperative Efforts to Protect Users’ Online Experience

San Francisco, Oct. 28, 2008 – Focusing on the urgent problems of identifying and removing botnets from end-users systems and preventing other online exploitation, the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) initiated several new projects at its third meeting of the year.  The new work represents important steps forward in cooperative industry efforts to protect end-users by addressing the safe mitigation of botnets, ISP migration to IPv6, detection and reporting of compromised hosts, Web messaging abuse and other outbound abuse. The progress of these projects and other ongoing work will be reviewed at the 15th MAAWG General Meeting on February 17-19 in San Francisco, Calif.

“Botnet mitigation is exceedingly important in protecting end users from abuse and in maintaining a trusted online environment. MAAWG is aggressively responding to this rapidly growing threat,” said Michael O’Reirdan, MAAWG chairman.

“At the same time, we’re also continuing our day-to-day block and tackle work on authentication, feedback loops, abuse reporting and other topics.  They are all weapons in our armory,” O’Reirdan said.

“Bots” and “zombies” are computers infected with malicious code spread via contaminated emails, instant messages or Web sites and installed without the user’s permission.  The bots often are coordinated into covert networks used to send spam, or “botnets” that can entail hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting computers.  Users with polluted machines are generally unaware their systems are sending the abusive email, and among other threats, the malware might also capture users’ sensitive information for use by identity thieves.

The new and ongoing work to address botnets and other abuse issues from the MAAWG meeting held Sept. 22-24 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. included the formation of:

•    A botnet mitigation subcommittee that will develop best practices to safely remove malware from unsuspecting users’ computers
•    A subcommittee reviewing a novel method by which senders of solicited bulk email can detect that individual subscribers may have been infected by malware, and automatically report their suspicion to that subscriber’s ISP
•    An IPv6 and botnets subcommittee researching how IPv6 will impact botnet detection
•    A migrating to IPv6 subcommittee developing best practices for upgrading a messaging infrastructure
•    New working groups formed to address security issues in Web messaging and other outbound abuse
•    In addition, domain registrars are invited to comment on the current Registrars best practices draft by contacting MAAWG through its Web site: www.MAAWG.org

MAAWG is the largest industry organization uniting ISPs, mailbox providers and vendors from around the world against online abuse. The three-day, multi-track February meeting will feature panels, keynote speakers and open discussions with public policy representatives on tackling the increasing volumes of toxic abuse that endanger users and the industry.  Information on the meeting and on MAAWG is available at www.MAAWG.org.