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Spam, still

April 27, 2017

When search engines first were derailed by web pages that were advertisements designed to attract unrelated search results, it wasn’t clear to me that a major technology company could be created by providing technical solutions to spam. In retrospect, spam was then and remains now one of the larger technology evils of our time. Phone spam has become a major nuisance again. There is some gratification in seeing the government fine the spammers. Long prison sentences would be better. But that won’t stop the spammers in the wings (link from last year).

And now, the alt-right uses troll storms to target Jews.

It seems to me that Google and Apple are missing the boat here. There’s more work to do, fighting spam. Google, especially, since that was its start.

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