Educators frustrated by the amount of junk eMail, or "spam," clogging school servers each day, take heart: Several government and industry efforts are under way to ease the problem. Whether they're new laws or emerging technologies, however, some skeptics question how effective these measures will be.

The volume of spam has reached a critical threshold that requires swift action to protect the internet correspondence millions of people take for granted, regulators concluded May 2 at the end of a three-day forum on the issue in Washington, D.C.

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