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IMC Reports and Presentations

The IMC Report series presents papers, event summaries, and other information from the Internet Mail Consortium. As you can see below, the series is new but expanding.

Some reports are revised as new information becomes available. In this case, the report number is changed but the report name remains the same. Thus, to get the most recent version of a report, you should always select the reports by name, not by number.

IMC also gives presentations about Internet mail to a variety of audiences. Some of our popular presentations are available below.


IMC Reports By Name

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Series of Surveys (ube-relay.html)
IMC tested a random sample of SMTP servers on the Internet to see if they allowed relaying from outside their networks. Over the past few years the percentage of open relays has dropped from above 50% to under 1%.

DirConnect 1 Final Report (dc1-final.html)
Final description of the activities and results of IMC's DirConnect 1 interopability event, held June 19-20, 1997.

FaxConnect 1 Final Report (fc1-final.html)
Summary of the activities of IMC's FaxConnect 1 interoperability event for Internet fax, held December 1-2, 1998.

FaxConnect 2 Final Report (fc2-final.html)
Summary of the activities of IMC's FaxConnect 2 interoperability event for Internet fax, held May 18-19, 1999 in both San Jose and Tokyo.

MailConnect 1 Final Report (mc1-final.html)
Final description of the activities and results of IMC's MailConnect 1 interopability event, held August 13-14, 1996.

MailConnect 3 Final Report (mc3-final.html)
Final description of the activities and results of IMC's MailConnect 3 interopability event, held October 30-31, 1997.

SecureConnect 1 Final Report (sc1-final.html)
Summary of the activities of IMC's SecureConnect 1 interoperability event for S/MIME, held July 23-24, 1998.

Unsolicited Bulk Email: Definitions and Problems (ube-def.html)
A paper covering the basic terms and issues to help facilitate discussion of unsolicited bulk email (UBE), better known as "UCE" and "spam".

Unsolicited Bulk Email: Mechanisms for Control (ube-sol.html)
Describes the many solutions that have been proposed for the UBE problem. This report gives extensive information about each proposed solution, as well as the pros and cons of each. The second edition of this report was released in May, 1998.

Using International Characters in Internet Mail (mail-i18n.html)
Lists recommendations for making Internet mail clients and servers more amenable to use in an international environment.


IMC Reports By Number

MailConnect 1 Final Report (imcr-001.html)

Unsolicited Commercial Email: Definitions and Problems (imcr-002.html) This report is superseded by imcr-004.html, below.

DirConnect 1 Final Report (imcr-003.html)

Unsolicited Bulk Email: Definitions and Problems (imcr-004.html)

Unsolicited Bulk Email: Mechanisms for Control (imcr-005.html) This report is superseded by imcr-008.html, below.

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Survey (imcr-006.html) This report is superseded by imcr-009.html, below.

MailConnect 3 Final Report (imcr-007.html)

Unsolicited Bulk Email: Mechanisms for Control (imcr-008.html)

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Series of Surveys (imcr-009.html)

Using International Characters in Internet Mail (imcr-010.html)

SecureConnect 1 Final Report (imcr-011.html)

FaxConnect 1 Final Report (imcr-012.html)

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Series of Surveys (imcr-013.html)

FaxConnect 2 Final Report (imcr-014.html)

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Series of Surveys (imcr-015.html)

Allowing Relaying in SMTP: A Series of Surveys (imcr-016.html)


Presentations

IMC's directors often give presentations at industry events talking about many aspects of Internet mail. People have asked that we make these presentations available in electronic form. The following are the presentations currently available. The presentations are all in PowerPoint or Microsoft Word format.

There are also a GIF format picture of the Internet mail architecture and standards.