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Release: Anti-Spyware Coalition Agenda Released

by FaceTime Security Labs

An assemblage of leading spyware experts from the public and private sector are set to convene February 9 for the Anti-Spyware Coalition's first- ever public workshop subtitled "Defining the Problem, Creating Solutions." Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras will keynote the packed one-day event, which includes federal regulators, top state technology and law enforcement officials as well as representatives from public interest groups and the nation's largest Internet companies.

A complete list of confirmed speakers is now available along with the final agenda at: http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/events/feb2006agenda.htm .

"The people who have agreed to participate in this event are at the forefront of the battle against spyware," said Ari Schwartz, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, which is coordinating the ASC event. "That so many of the nation's top experts are traveling from around the country to participate in this workshop underscores the importance of the coalition's efforts."

The final draft of the ASC's "risk-modeling description" details the objective criteria anti-spyware developers use to determine whether a specific piece of software should be identified as spyware. The ASC released a draft of the risk modeling description in October, throwing it open for public comment. The final document reflects valuable input culled from more than 100 comments. The risk-modeling description and a summary of public comments are available online at: http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/documents

"This document clarifies the specific, objective behaviors that make certain programs dangerous," Schwartz said. "By demystifying the process of identifying and flagging spyware, the risk-modeling description gives consumers a clearer understanding of how anti-spyware software protects them. It should also begin to aid software developers in making safer, more consumer-friendly software."

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