The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is taking the fight against unsolicited commercial e-mail to Asia next month, where it will hold a meeting to discuss the priorities for its newly created task force on spam.
The task force will encourage best practices in industry, promote technical measures to combat spam and facilitate cross-border law enforcement, the OECD said.
It will also co-ordinate international policy, bringing together the many national bodies that have competencies in the field.
The task force will take two years to study and develop a tool kit of strategies to combat spam, including authentication and network management technologies as well as public awareness campaigns.
The group will consider how to manage spam sent via mobile phones or instant messaging networks.
South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication will host a workshop early next month to set priorities for the task force.
OECD member states last discussed co-ordinating their antispam activities in February at a meeting in Brussels hosted by the European Commission.
A recent survey by CipherTrust found that almost 29% of the IP addresses sending spam to a sample of 1,000 US businesses in May, June and July were in South Korea - although they accounted for only 3% of the total volume of spam messages.
Around 86% of the spam messages identified in the survey originated from IP addresses in the US.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service