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About the ASC

The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC) is a group dedicated to building a consensus about definitions and best practices in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.

Composed of anti-spyware software companies, academics, and consumer groups, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies. more »

 

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Cybersecurity Groups Launch "Chain of Trust" Initiative to Combat Malware

Three of the world's leading cybersecurity groups today launched a new initiative to combat malicious software (malware) by establishing a "Chain of Trust" among all organizations and individuals that play a role in securing the Internet.

Developed by the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and StopBadware.org, the Chain of Trust Initiative will link together security vendors, researchers, government agencies, Internet companies, network providers, advocacy and education groups in a systemic effort to stem the rising tide of malware.

For more information, please see the press release.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Announces Fifth Public Workshop

The Anti-Spyware Coalition is pleased to announce the fifth ASC Public Workshop, to be held May 19th, 2009 in Washington DC. The workshop will be focussed around creating a chain of trust online and how good actors can cooperate in order to protect users. We will hear from leading experts on cybersecurity and experts from various groups with deep investment in a safe and cooperative Internet.

For more information and the workshop agenda, please visit the event page. Press, government, ASC members, educational and nonprofit attendees attend free, and can register here. Corporate attendees should register through Paypal.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Clarifies Applications of Best Practices, Risk Model to Behavioral Targeting

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has concluded its initial review of the ASC’s current working reports in the context of new behavioral targeting practices undertaken by ISPs. For more information, please see the press release.

 

Anti-Spyware Coalition Endorses National Cyber Security Month

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has endorsed the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which aims to instruct the public on simple and effective security precautions that they can take to stay safe online. This year's theme is "Protect Yourself before you Connect Yourself", with various educational events throughout the United States.

 

Anti-Spyware Coalition Joins Anti-Spyware Amicus Brief, along with a Wide Range of Groups and Companies

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has joined a brief that argues anti-spyware vendors should be protected by the liability protections afforded other filtering companies under the Communications Decency Act. The brief was joined by a broad spectrum of Internet and technology industry groups, public interest organizations, civil liberties groups and individual companies that are all committed to the proposition that users should be empowered to control their own Internet experiences. The brief urges the court to protect anti-spyware vendors from liability in cases brought to intimidate anti-spyware vendors into ignoring spyware.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Aims to Address Behavioral Targeting

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has created a new internal working group to review the ASC’s current working reports in the context of new ISP behavioral targeting practices. For more information, please see the press release.

Final Working Report of Testing Document Released

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has released the working report of its newest document, Considerations in Anti-Spyware Product Testing. Members hope that it will help make the process of Anti-Spyware product testing more transparent.

For more information, see the press release, or visit the documents to see all documents released by the ASC.

Public Comment Draft of Testing Document

The Anti-Spyware Coalition released the draft of its Considerations for Anti-Spyware Product Testing document for public comment on March 6th, 2008. The document will begin a month-long comment period, open until April 4th. We welcome comments from the public at our Comment Form. For more information, see the press release.

Fourth Public Workshop Highlights Changes in Spyware

The Anti-Spyware Coalition's fourth public meeting, Spyware: What's Worked, What's Left, and What's Coming, was held in Washington D.C. on January 31st, 2008. The meeting featured panels exploring the changing nature of spyware. As consumers become better able to protect themselves online, spyware has become increasingly malicious.

Audio and slides from most panels is now online. Thank you to all who made the public meeting a success!

Anti-Spyware Coalition Hosts Fourth Public Workshop

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has announced their fourth Public Workshop, to be held January 31st, 2008 in Washington DC. The workshop will focus on the history and future of spyware. The workshop is titled Spyware: What's Worked, What's Left, and What's Coming and the agenda is now online.

The Public Workshop will discuss the many successes in combatting spyware, as well as providing expert opinions on the next challenges in the spyware field. We are looking forward to discussing the future of Anti-Spyware as well as what has led to success thus far.

Registration for this event is now open. If you wish to suggest a speaker for this event, please let us know!

Anti-Spyware Coalition Announces Revised Documents

The Anti-Spyware Coalition met to revise and update their Definitions, Glossary and Risk Model documents, releasing them on November 19th, 2007. These documents reflect the changing landscape of the anti-spyware field and the progress that has been made in combatting spyware. As is the case with all ASC publications, the definitions and risk modeling description are living documents, designed to grow and change in response to technological developments. Public comment on these documents is encouraged, and will help us to update them in the future.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Endorses Cyber-Security Month

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has endorsed the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which aims to instruct the public on simple and effective security precautions that they can take to stay safe online. This year's theme is "How to secure your computer and information in a Web 2.0 world", with various educational events throughout the United States.

June Public Workshop A Great Success

The Anti-Spyware Coalition's June Public Workshop was an educational and inspirational event for all that attended.  Harvard University kindly recorded the entire day, they have put the results up on their website.  The audio is available in RealAudio format, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Anti-Spyware Coalition Announces Third Public Workshop

The Anti-Spyware Coalition announced plans for their third Public Workshop, to be held June 27, 2007 at Harvard University Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Spyware expert Steve Gibson and domestic violence victim advocate Cindy Southworth will provide keynote addresses. The ASC is seeking speaker suggestions from the public, and registration for the event is now open.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Finalizes Best Practices, Conflicts Resolution Documents

After a month-long public comment period, the Anti-Spyware Coalition released final working reports of both the Best Practices and Conflict Resolution documents on March 15, 2007.  Both documents are now available from the Documents page.

Public Comment Drafts of Best Practices and Conflict Resolution Documents

The Anti-Spyware Coalition released drafts of both its Best Practices and Conflict Resolution documents on January 25, 2007.  Both documents began a public comment period that will last a month and which will close on February 26th at noon.  The documents can be retrieved from our Documents Page and we welcome comments from the public at our Comment Form.

Updated Working Reports of Risk Model and Definitions Documents

The Anti-Spyware Coalition released updated versions of their Risk Model and Definitions documents on June 29, 2006 to take into account comments received from the public and the changing landscape of the spyware field. As is the case with all ASC publications, the definitions and risk modeling description are living documents, designed to grow and change in response to technological developments.

May 16th Public Workshop Audio Available

The Anti-Spyware Coalition hosted it's second public workshop in Ottawa, Ontario on May 16, 2006. Many speakers from private industry, public interest groups and the governments of a few nations spoke at the event.  Audio recordings of the keynotes and panels were taken and are now available linked from the workshop's agenda.

February 9th Public Workshop Video Available

The Anti-Spyware Coalition hosted it's successful first Public Workshop on February 9th, 2006.  The public were able to meet face to face with the members of the Coalition, and many prominent members of the community, from anti-spyware vendors, advertising companies, and academia, spoke on panels dealing with many diverse issues.

Videos of select portions of the day are available linked from the agenda.

Final Working Report of Risk Model Description Unveiled

After receiving many public comments and carefully reviewing the draft document, the Anti-Spyware Coalition has released the Final Working Report of the Risk Model Description.

A summary of the comments received is also available.

Final Working Report of Spyware Definitions and Supporting Documents Released

After an extensive public comment period and review, the Anti-Spyware Coalition has released the Final Working Report of the Spyware Definitions. In addition, ASC has released a number of supporting documents, including a Vendor Dispute Resolution Process, a Glossary and a set of Safety Tips for Users.

A summary of the almost 400 comments used to help finalize the Report is also available for review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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