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Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the messaging industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. M3AAWG represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy. It also educates global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging. M3AAWG is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.
Jerry Upton, M3AAWG Executive Director
Jerry Upton has served as M3AAWG Executive Director since the organization's founding in 2004. Previously, in his more than twenty years experience at Motorola, he held executive positions in standards, software and mobile phone products, alliance management and business development. Mr. Upton was also the founding Chairman of the Open Mobile Alliance, a mobile standardization forum, and he also currently serves as the Chair of a TIA Engineering Committee.
Alex Bobotek, M3AAWG Co-Chairman (AT&T)
Alex Bobotek is serving his second term as Co-Chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and previously was co-vice chairman and co-chair of the organization’s wireless special interest group, the M3AAWG WSIG, which has been specifically focused on fighting abuse of mobile services. Professionally, Mr. Bobotek is AT&T Labs’ Lead of Messaging Anti-Abuse Architecture and Strategy. He has over 17 years experience in mobile data services, and has led and participated in several industry-wide mobile data initiatives and standards groups in other industry organizations.
Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG Co-Chairman (Time Warner Cable)
Serving his second term as M3AAWG Co-Chairman, Chris Roosenraad is Director of Systems Engineering at Time Warner Cable with over 16 years of ISP experience, having worked for carriers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has also served multiple terms as a co-vice chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group and as co-chair of the M3AAWG Program Committee, which is responsible for organizing the three M3AAWG meetings each year. Previously, he served as chair of the M3AAWG Technical Committee. Mr. Roosenraad has been involved in various computer vendor advisory boards and is active in other industry organizations.
Michael O’Reirdan, M3AAWG Board Member and Chairman Emeritus (Comcast)
Michael O’Reirdan is continuing as a Board member and Chairman Emeritus after serving five terms as chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, the industry’s largest global trade association working against messaging bots, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. Previously, he was key in developing the organization’s Internet Service Providers Closed Colloquium, a M3AAWG committee of international network operators. Professionally, Mr. O’Reirdan is a Comcast Engineering Fellow with over 19 years of experience in the ISP field and with public facing messaging platforms. He chaired the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s CSRIC III Working Group #7 that produced the first U.S. voluntary industry code to help reduce end-user bots (ABCs for ISPs), has served on executive advisory boards for several major computer vendors, and is active in other industry organizations. (Also see video Why the Industry Needs the ABCs for ISPs.)
M3AAWG 2013 Committee Chair Appointments
The committees are responsible for developing best practices and other work to fight online abuse.
Academic Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Manos Antonakakis, Ph.D., Damballa; and M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Joe St Sauver
Awards Committee Co-Chairs M3AAWG Board Member Anthony Purcell and Neil Schwartzman, CAUCE
Brand SIG Co-Chairs Mike Hammer, AG Interactive; and Franck Martin, LinkedIn
Collaboration Committee Co-Chairs Christine Borgia, Return Path; Angela Knox, Cloudmark; and Sara Roper, CenturyLink
Hosting SIG Co-Chairs M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus Michael O’Reirdan (Comcast) and Neil Schwartzman (CAUCE)
Identity Management Co-Chairs M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus Michael O’Reirdan (Comcast) and M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Joe St Sauver
M3AAWG meeting Open Round Tables session chairs Kevin Heineman (Damballa), M3AAWG Board Member Anthony Purcell and Jordan Rosenwald (Comcast)
Program Committee Co-Chairs Dennis Dayman, Eloqua; Len Shneyder, Message Bus; and Jamie Tomasello, CloudFlare
Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs Frank Ackermann, eco–Association of the German Internet Industry; Chris Boyer, AT&T; and Rudy Brioche, Comcast
Senders SIG Co-Chairs Andrew Barrett of iContact and Tara Natanson of Constant Contact
Technical Committee Co-Chairs Alex Bobotek, AT&T; Chris Barton, Cloudmark; Paul Ferguson, Internet Identity; and Matthew Steele, Symantec
Training Committee Co-Chairs Kurt Andersen, LinkedIn; and Sam Masiello, CAUCE
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