TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Don't Call It Spyware

Re: Don't Call It Spyware

John Levine (
7 Dec 2005 17:47:53 -0000

In article <> you write:
> Three years ago the company was considered a parasite and a scourge.
> Today it's a rising star -- selling virtually the same product. How a
> pop-up pariah won the adware wars.

There's some statements in this article which I know are wrong, like
the claim that they finance the Anti-Spyware Coalition. I'm an ASC
member and I can assure you that Gator/Claria has never tried to show
their face, and would have been turned down if they asked, like many
other adware companies already have. This makes me somewhat sceptical
of the whole article. Also, I've met Annalee and she is a good writer
but she is not the most skeptical person I've ever met.

Claria has been pretty good at dealing with their legal challenges,
and their PR is great (it even fooled Esther Dyson), but people in
the industry are under no illusions about what they do.


John R. Levine, IECC, POB 727, Trumansburg NY 14886 +1 607 330 5711, Mayor,,
Member, Provisional board, Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail

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