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M3AAWG welcomes proposals for keynotes, sessions, panels, and training sessions for its 54th General Meeting Feb. 21-24, 2022. We are currently seeking proposals for sessions that can be held virtually or in-person.

In October, M3AAWG hosted its 53rd general meeting, where members convened virtually to address trends, technologies, issues and challenges related to messaging, mobile platforms and cybersecurity.

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It’s hard to imagine a workplace or home now without email. Whether we use it to exchange information, schedule events or stay updated on family, friends and the world at large, email has become a ubiquitous part of our everyday existence. 

The first ever email sent over a network -- the beginning of email as we use it today -- was sent 50 years ago, in October 1971 by MIT graduate Ray Tomlinson.

"#BeCyberSmart” means being aware of how to conduct business – whether professional or personal – safely online, which is exactly what M3AAWG has been working to do. We have joined forces to support the October Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Most of us now conduct most business online, whether online commerce, healthcare tools, sharing photos, or scheduling. Despite all the benefits of our online communities, they also attract bad actors.

October 21, 2021, is the first Global Encryption Day, established by the Global Encryption Coalition, a group of over 200 organizations founded in 2020 to promote and defend encryption.

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), https://www.m3aawg.org/, would like to take the occasion of Global Encryption Day:

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“Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart” is good advice, and this month, M3AAWG joins forces as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  This complements the org’s mission to work against botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DoS attacks and other online exploitations.

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As a founding member of M3AAWG, J.D. Falk embodied the mission of the group in his quest to make messaging and the internet a better place. In his memory, the group offers the J.D. Falk Award annually. We think J.D. would have been pleased to learn of the 2021 recipients: Coalition Against StalkWare, represented by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Tara Hairston, executive director of the Coalition Against Stalkerware.

As part of its ongoing mission to work against botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DDoS attacks and other online exploitations, M3AAWG has joined other industry supporters for October Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a 2021 Champion. This year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, will guide efforts to make users aware of potential vulnerabilities and how to protect against them.

The lab describes itself as “an interdisciplinary laboratory…focusing on research and development at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.” Of course, this mission aligns closely with that of M3AAWG.

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) will host its 53rd general meeting October 11-14 virtually. Members from internet service and email providers, networking and communications companies, security vendors and social networking companies will exchange updates, ideas and efforts to improve cybersecurity, reduce online abuse and protect user data and privacy online.

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