Technological solutions vs Law

Countries around the world are scrambling to regulate new types of technologies and perceived threats. New legislations are being passed to attempt to curb phishing, spamming, denial of service attacks, defacement and all other sorts of dangerous and annoying practices. But with these efforts, one has to ask the question, are these legislations useful? Has any anti-spam law stopped one single spam coming through my inbox? I seriously doubt it. What is really working against spam is the use of technological filters.

The same may be true for phishing. There is a new toolbar by Netcraft that blocks known phishing sites. This seems the way to go, instead of wasting valuable legislative time on things that can be solved with filters and blockers.

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