Dutch OPTA Tough on Spam

We all get sick and tired of it: spam, cluttering out mailboxes with useless and more than once even dangerous emails. Worldwide, legislative initiatives are being taken to combat this abuse of internet facilities, which includes fines or even jail terms.

ANP newsservice in the Netherlands reported that a man had been fined EURO 250,000 for by telecom watchdog OPTA upon finding out his firm had been sending out at least 21 million spam messages which resulted in almost 400 complaints via the Dutch spam complaint site Spamklacht (http://www.spamklacht.nl).

The man who has not been named by OPTA, had received a previous warning 4 years ago and now faces an additional EURO 5,000 fine for every day that his company sends out spam. From other news sources it transpired that the owner of Serinco Benelux (http://www.serincobenelux.nl) an Alphen aan de Rijn based software and "internet promo" company, been first warned in 2004 about violating the anti-spamlaws.  In 2007 the Dutch regulator had confiscated evidence during a raid on the man's house and is understood to have received more information about spamming activities more recently.

In an interview with the German Press Agency dpa, the man, understood to be Reinier Schenkhuizen, denied that his company had sent 21 million spam emails and would appeal the decision. Allegedly the OPTA has not understood that emails sent by his clients automatically contained some information about his company because it is integrated in the software.

It is great seeing that a tough stace is being takem against spam. According to some statistics spam is making up around 80% of all the worlds email traffic and wasting about 33 billion kwh of energy a year, enough to power 2.1 million US homes. Other reports claim a well over $800 loss per employee per year as a result of spam. Time to get really tough I would imagine.

Dutch News http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/07/spammer_fined_250000.php
Topnews.in: http://www.topnews.in/dutch-telecoms-regulator-fines-spammer-250000-euros-2194590
Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/15/spam-mcafee-symantec-emails-environment


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Accenture Newsroom: Heeding Lessons from Economic Downturn, Majority of Corporate Executives Report Need to Overhaul their Approach to Risk-Management, Accenture Study Finds

06 July 2009
Heeding Lessons from Economic Downturn, Majority of Corporate Executives Report Need to Overhaul their Approach to Risk-Management, Accenture Study Finds

NEW YORK; July 6, 2009 – The vast majority (85 percent) of corporate executives say they need to overhaul their approach to risk-management if the lessons of the economic crisis are to be used to improve business results, according to results of an Accenture (NYSE: ACN) study released today.  

Accenture’s 2009 Global Risk Management Study, based on a survey of 260 chief financial officers, chief risk officers and other executives with risk-management responsibilities at large companies in 21 countries, also found that 40 percent of respondents said that their companies already have increased or will increase their investments in broader risk-management capabilities in the next six months.  Nearly another third (31 percent) of respondents said their companies are currently considering increasing their future investment in risk management capabilities. 

Read the whole story via newsroom.accenture.com

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Recession Good Business for Networking Sites

According to Dutch newspaper NRC, the economic crisis is causing growing popularity of social networking sites such as Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com). Considerable growth has been reported not just in the US. Globally around 45 million people are a member of this popular networking site, especially higher educated people. This would make Linkedin the most popular professional networking site of the web, leaving competitors like Plaxo and Xing behind.


Especially people employed in industries that see high redundancy figures appear to be organizing themselves on social networking sites. Changed circumstances make people active in ensuring they keep their jobs and are willing to go an extra mile to get a new one. Polishing up your online profile and entering into new relationships appears to be part of the process. In addition to this those networking sites more than once show you the networks of your own social network and can therefore be a valuable tool in identifying potentially interesting people that may be able to assist you in finding a new job.


The article (in the Dutch language) can be found here: http://www.nrc.nl/economie/article2310191.ece/Sociale_netwerksites_groeien_door_crisis.


Personally, when it comes to presenting yourself professionally online or build an eye catching CV, I prefer VisualCV at http://www.visualcv.com. At the same time however, the new functionalities and tools offered by Linkedin make it an attractive professional networking site and a great tool to make new connections. I guess for me it is the looks of Visual CV that I prefer. For an example: http://visualcv.com/johndierckx.


As far as Linkedin goes, even though the policy is that you should connect to people you know only, I have had the opportunity to expand my network substantially by accepting connection requests from people I did not know yet. At the moment my connections on Linkedin total over 2700 which allegedly gives my access to well over 15 million professionals worldwide. On many an occasion it has proven a valuable tool to identify relevant professionals and even get new work in. Most of all I have found the sharing of professional expertise and learning from one another the most fruitful aspect of most of these websites. For a more personal touch however, despite its considerably smaller size, my professional network of choice is still Ecademy (www.ecademy.com). Even though only marginal in size compared to Linkedin, I like the more personal environment of this network and suggest that you take the time to check it out.


Should you want connect with me on these networks, you can find me here:

·         Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johndierckx

·         Ecademy: http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=121134

·         Xing: (not really active) http://www.xing.com/profile/John_Dierckx

·         Plaxo: http://www.plaxo.com/directory/profile/180388749624/3e53a5de/John/Dierckx

·         Ryze: http://www.ryze.com/go/JohnDierckx


And of the less professional sites:

·         Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501308215&ref=name

·         Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/johndierckx

·         Hi5: http://johndierckx.hi5.com/

·         Hyves (Dutch): http://johndierckx.hyves.nl/


I suggest you keep in mind that building connections is easy but building relationships requires a lot more effort. Both (can) have their own specific use and benefits. Also keep in mind that being
pro-active is important. Don’t wait with building that network or those relationships until you need them, start doing it ahead of that and along the way I bet like me you will meet fantastic people, helpful people, interesting people and people with whom you may share all kinds of similar interests and expertise. Success and fun.

Posted via email from John Dierckx