Friday, August 23

Vote4Me - According to the Washington Post, the Federal Election Commission has approved a petition to waive its disclosure rules for political ads delivered via SMS. What's next? PAC payoffs by emoticons? Right now, software for instant messaging has fairly robust tools for controlling who can send you messages and when. Mobile phone messaging is far more rudimentary and, since most services charge by the message, abuse could be far more costly. This sounds like a bad idea permitted by bureaucrats who don't understand technology. The Euros have been dealing with SMS spam for a lot longer than us Yanks and have started taking action against it. But we all know how effective anti-spamming legislation is, right?