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MSN Canada hopes to help Canadian ISPs and e-mail service providers stop their network from being used to deliver spam e-mails with the launch of the MSN Postmaster Web site.

MSN Postmaster available in both French and English, will provide information and tools that address a variety of issues around spam, as well as information on ways to fight junk e-mail and reporting and tracking spam.

Owen Sagness, vice-president of MSN Canada in Toronto said MSN Postmaster is part of an on-going effort by Microsoft Corp. and MSN Canada to work more closely with ISPs and other Internet and e-mail groups to find ways to better tackle spam. We are only going to solve this Spam problem by working with the industry.Owen Sagness>Text “Microsoft and MSN (Canada) are not going to solve this spam problem by working in isolation,” Sagness said. “We are only going to solve this Spam problem by working with the industry.”

According to Sagness, since MSN Canada runs one of this country’s popular free e-email services, Hotmail, MNS Canada is in a unique position to monitor and track how much spam e-mail is produced and where it is coming from. MSN Canada will take that information and make it available through Smart Network Data Service, a service that is part of MSN Postmaster, so ISPs can block systems from using the their network to deliver Spam e-mail.

Tom Copeland, chair of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers in Ottawa and owner of in Cobourg, Ont. thinks any time a large player like MSN Canada steps up to tackle spam , it’s helpful for smaller ISPs, especially if the spam tracking information is made available to ISPs.

“As the bigger (e-mail) players lock down their networks more effectively against spam, spammers are targeting smaller providers in order to find new avenues to deliver spam,” Copeland added.

MSN Postmaster comes on the heels of the release of the Government of Canada’s Task Force on Spam final report, Stopping Spam: Creating a Stronger, Safer Internet. The report calls for improved legislation and enforcements to combat spam, and offered a set of industry best practices for ISPs, network operators and e-mail marketers for tackling this menace.

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