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CAUCE Home About Cauce Join Members Report spam Contact 16 November 2021 Remembering JD Falk - 10 years later

I can still hear it. ‘Hee hee’. That’s good.

We all have unique laughs, but few are distinctive. Fewer yet bely the true nature of the human being issuing them.

British insult comedian Jimmy Carr has one such laugh, a tri-tone ‘dah dah DUH’, rising on the third expulsion. It has a bell-like quality, ringing, embodying the deft touch that Don Rickles had of insulting while loving; something Carr has mastered. It lets you know that despite him having just said something shocking and horrid, he is laughing with, never at, reassuring the target ‘all is well’.

Ricky Gervais is another who deftly threads much the same needle, he has hosted awards shows whose ultra-famous attendees who are barbed by his insightful but deeply cutting jokes. Gervais’s four-part laugh borders on maniacal by its end, letting the audience know it’s all in good fun, but at the same time underscoring the fact that he’s not entirely kidding.

But the laugh at hand, the one that is irrevocably burned into my conscience is of my dearly departed friend and colleague, J.D. Falk. His sister Alisa Dramé posted a reminder today on social media, making note it’s been a decade. Ten years since we’d not heard his gentle ‘hee hee’. His was a typification of his shy yet confident manner, an evaluation of the humour laid before him. When it came it was a considered opinion of what was funny; when JD laughed something truly was worthy.

I’d removed the anniversary from my calendar a while back because, well, I carry those I love and who have left in my heart, I don’t need a specific day to remember them, I do it often. Also true was that it was painful to recall the end of that terrible year, when that emperor of all maladies slowly drained him. But specifiably today, it seems apt.

Today, in the final throes of a global existential crises, the reverberations thereof still strong, when I would have so loved to have had him as a sounding-board to help guide and temper my own reactions to what has been a half-decade of tumult, and one has to admit, a great source of frustration and comedic material in equal portions. The Jews of Auschwitz laughed on their ways to the gas chambers, and so too, did we two Jews laugh at his cancer and undeniable impending death. What can I say? He did look good having dropped a few pounds. Hee hee. When all else is gone, you are left with the absurdity of it all.

JD Falk was an Internet pioneer, ten years past we honoured him at which he helped found, we honoured him at which he helped found and whose annual innovator award rightly bears his name. The world truly was less with his passing.

He will never be forgotten by those who knew him, and now, hopefully, known a little better by some of you not so fortunate to do so.

21 May 2021 Internet Society Send An Open Letter to the Government of Canada

Earlier this week the Internet Society sent an open letter to the Government of Canada regarding the progress of Bill C-10 An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. CAUCE applauds and supports the Internet Societys effort to being the challenges and problems with this legislation on behalf of the Internet and content creators everywhere.

The introduction reads:

17 May 2021

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We are Canadian Internet policy and technical professionals, writing as concerned experts and on behalf of all those who care about the future of a free and open Internet. We call on you to stop harming the Internet, the freedoms and aspirations of every individual in this country, and our knowledge economy through overreaching regulatory policies that will have significant, yet unintended consequences for the free and open Internet in Canada.

You can read the full letter here.

Other articles to review regarding Bill C-10 that are worth reading:

Globe and Mail: What is Bill C-10 and why are the Liberals planning to regulate the internet?Michael Geist: Not Just Big Tech: Government Memo Shows Bill C-10 Targets News Sites, Podcast and Workout Apps, Adult Websites, Audiobooks, and Sports Streamers for CRTC RegulationMichael Geist: Think Regulating User Generated Content in Bill C-10 Is Just an Inadvertent Mistake? Think AgainWashington Post: Canada has produced hundreds of YouTube stars. Why is Trudeau trying to change it?

13 October 2020 Phishing Landscape 2020: A Study of the Scope and Distribution of Phishing

Greg Aaron,Lyman Chapin,Dr. Colin Strutt and CAUCE Board Member David Piscitello, all of the Interisle Consulting Group, today announced the publication of the seminal reportPhishing Landscape 2020: A Study of the Scope and Distribution of Phishing.

The report can be found at

The goal of the research was to capture and analyze a large set ofinformation about phishing attacks, to better understand how much phishing istaking placeand where it is taking place, and to see if the data suggestsbetter ways to fight phishing. The group studied where phishers are getting the resources they need to perpetratetheir crimes — where they obtain domain names, and whatweb hosting is used. Thisanalysis helps identify where additional phishing detection and mitigationefforts are best deployed at vulnerable providers the research helped identify.

To assemble a deep and reliable set of data, the researchers collected URLs,domain names, IP addresses, and other data about phishing attacks from fourwidely used andrespected threat data providers: the Anti-Phishing WorkingGroup (APWG), OpenPhish, PhishTank, and The Spamhaus Project. (The authors wish to express their appreciation of the cooperation extended to them by these providers).

Over a three-month collectionperiod, they learned about more than 100,000 newly discovered phishing sites.

These are the major findings and conclusions are based onthe data collected:

Mostphishing is concentrated at small numbers of domain registrars, domainregistries, and hosting providers.Phishersthemselves register more than half of the domain names on which phishing occurs.Domain name registrars and registry operatorscan prevent and mitigate large amounts of phishing by finding and suspendingmaliciously registereddomains.Registries,registrars, and hosting providers should focus on both mitigation andprevention.Theproblem of phishing is bigger than is reported, and the exact size of theproblem is unknown.Sixty-fivepercent of maliciously registered domain names are used for phishing withinfive days of registration.New top-leveldomains introduced since 2014 account for 9% of all registered domain names,but 18% of the domain names used for phishing.About9% of phishing occurs at a small set of providers that offer subdomainservices. 08 October 2020 Characterizing Robocalls through Audio and Metadata Analysis CAUCE mainly focuses on abusive messaging, but our board has a wide and diverse background in anti-abuse efforts.Recently we came across this presentation on abusive robocalls dealing with an increase in Robocalling, trends in abusive calls, who is calling and who is being targeted. This study took place in 2019 and lasted most of the year.

Sathvik Prasad, Elijah Bouma-Sims, Athishay Kiran Mylappan, and Bradley Reaves, North Carolina State University



On September 30, 2020 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a new undertaking under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) with Notesolution Inc. (OneClass) that alleges multiple violations of the anti-spam Act.

The undertaking reads that OneClass voluntarily entered the undertaking for the followingalleged violations of paragraphs 6(1)(a), 8(1)(a), 10(1)(a), 10(3), 10(4), and 10(5)(a) of the Act as well as sections 4 and 5 of theElectronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC) SOR/2012-36(the Regulations (CRTC)). These alleged infractions took place between October 2016 and March 2020.

The results of the undertaking between the CRTC show that OneClass has agreed to pay$100,000 in penalties, bring their software and marketing efforts into alignment with the Act and implement a compliance program.

The CRTC has also updated their guidance for installing a computer program on their information pages, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Requirements for Installing Computer Programs.

CAUCE Applauds the work of the CRTC in taking action to protect consumers and provide guidance for business that may be building or considering building applications similar to those described in the undertaking.

For more information read CAUCE Board members blog post about this on EmailKarma.

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