Gates Says He Can Beat Spam

By Deane Barker on January 28, 2004

Gates reveals his ‘magic solution’ to spam: Just imagine if he actually did it and become “The Man Who Solved the Spam Problem.” The world would herald the savior. That’s enough to give Apple die-hards a shiver.

The battle to rid the world’s in-boxes of spam has got itself a heavyweight champion — Bill Gates — making an even more heavyweight promise: an end to the e-mail plague within two years. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gates told a group of delegates that he could crack spam by 2006.

He needs to hurry as big initiatives from both Yahoo! (Domain Keys) and AOL (Sender Permitted Form) are underway. This may become a race to see who will gain the bragging rights and the righteous PR that goes along with it.

I wonder if Gates’s claims have anything to do with Smart Screen or Penny Black, two initiatives he’s pushed in the past.