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Ethical dimensions of spam
by John P. Buerck; James E. Fisher; Richard G. Mathieu
International Journal of Electronic Business (IJEB), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2011


Abstract: The explosion of spam within the world's e-mail system has seriously impaired the usefulness of e-mail as a reliable and trustworthy medium for interpersonal communication. Spam raises important societal concerns that are potentially corrosive in their impact. This paper considers the origins of spam and describes in some detail spam's application and content. In addition, this paper explores the role that spam filtering and blocking plays in the administration of e-mail services. The ultimate objective of this paper is to apply the ethical framework developed by Berenheim (1988) to better understand the impact that spam has on e-mail users and to examine the ethical issues connected with the distribution and regulation of spam.

Online publication date: Sat, 22-Oct-2011


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