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Local Number Portability (LNP) is available in many countries and regions. This service, popularized by consumer mobile phone use and commonly known as number porting, enables users to retain their telephone number when switching from their existing communications service provider (or carrier) to a new service provider. In many cases, LNP support is legally mandated, and the mandates may include strict process requirements and timeframes for action by the existing service provider.

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Wow.

48 meetings and more than 15 years have gone by so fast. It’s fitting my last meeting is in San Francisco, the true home of M3AAWG. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served as your Executive Director, and it has been a privilege to help create and grow such a valuable organization. I am also grateful for the experience of getting to know and becoming friends with so many wonderful people.

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The Post Quantum Transition

By Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Data & Identity Protection Co-Chair (Microsoft)

Let’s take a closer look at what the Post-Quantum Transition looks like, why it is important to the industry and for the M3AAWG community, and how we can start to prepare for it.  

Elections Special Interest Group 

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In November, M3AAWG members traveled to Japan for the second annual JP-AAWG meeting, joining over 400 attendees from around the world for two days of discussion around the trends, evolving issues and best practices in the cybersecurity and anti-abuse arena. The event highlights the significance and increasingly global nature of online abuse and vulnerabilities, and more importantly the need to collaborate with international partners - both public and private - that are aligned in combating and preventing these threats.

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Addressing Elections Anti-Abuse Issues 

By Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Data & Identity Protection Co-Chair (Microsoft)

M3AAWG announced the creation of a new special interest group in Montreal to fight elections abuse. The Elections SIG hosted a panel discussion and working session to understand how to shape future work and collaboration. State government and industry expert panelists came together to discuss past, present, and future risks with the electoral process and how we can work together to secure the way we choose our future leaders. The following is a detailed view of the problems the Elections SIG will be working to address for these new emerging threats.

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The Call to Encrypt DNS Traffic + What Can Anti-Abuse Do About IoT Vulnerabilities?

Author: Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Data & Identity Protection Co-Chair (Microsoft)

Cybersecurity threats against industry and consumers continue to evolve and increase in scope at a very rapid pace. The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) brings industry together from across the globe to tackle these challenging cybersecurity threats and strives to provide timely guidance and collaboration to help mitigate online exploitation.

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Here at M3AAWG, we seek to improve the lives of people by improving the security and trust of our digital communications. For our efforts to be meaningful, our solutions must work for all people and consider how they will affect diverse groups of people, directly and indirectly. Therefore we have been educating our members on problems above and beyond their respective fields of expertise. People make the difference in fighting abuse, and as an organization run by volunteers, we know and understand that the solutions to complex problems must include this knowledge and understanding.

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Since the public launch of the DMARC specification in January 2012 (http://www.dmarc.org), DMARC has become a highly requested topic for discussion and training at M3AAWG meetings.

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