Anti-Spyware Coalition public meeting

The Anti-Spyware Coalition, of which is a member, will host its 5th public workshop on May 19 in Washington, DC. The workshop will be focused around creating a chain of trust online, and how good actors can cooperate in order to protect users. I will be facilitating one of the panels, focused on the question "Who owns the problem?"
The agenda and registration for this event are now online at Press, government, educational and nonprofit attendees register for free.

Who owns the problem?

After interviewing a few folks, including me, last week, Mary E. Shacklett posted a nice piece at Internet Evolution about the difficult issue of how to effectively get malicious websites taken down.
As noted in the article, I'll be moderating what promises to be a lively and fascinating panel discussion on this topic at the Anti-Spyware Coalition conference in Washington, DC on May 19. Stay tuned for details.

Global Issues Survey is a member of the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), and I'm currently serving on the ASC's "global issues subgroup." The group's purpose is to try to understand how spyware and other malware are viewed by consumers in other countries.

We've put together the following survey to get people's perspective. If you have insight into a particular country, please send your responses to the survey below to Heather West at Please also feel free to forward the survey along to others who may be able to help.


Where are you located?

How big a concern is:
* spyware? malware? viruses?
* privacy of personal information?
* identity theft?
* financial fraud?
* machine slowdown?

Are people worried about doing these things online?
* online banking
* e-commerce
* web based email
* social networking
* blogging

What is the most important/valuable thing users will store on their computer?

What kind of personal information are people worried about keeping safe, in general?

What is the incidence of identity theft?

Do most users own computers?

How do users generally connect to the internet?

Who enforces against deceptive practices or takes action against spyware?

Have any spyware enforcement cases happened in this country?

What laws are in place having to do with computer fraud and cybersecurity?

What are the legal implications of calling programs spyware?

Are there legal protections in place to protect anti-spyware vendors?

Are there legal protections for watchdog groups?