“It’s an amazing feat, given the increasing vitriol and hatred on both sides of the conflict. Everyone takes a risk attending these conferences. Anti-spammers have been shunned and despised for consulting with even the most repentant former spammer. And who’d want to be a spammer in a room full of spamhunters? Over the past year, though, a series of meetings arranged by a trusted figure in the American anti-spam community, Anne Mitchell, have been slowly bringing the two sides together. These mini-conferences, held under the banner of the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy, have mostly been between the highest-ranking ISPs ó MSN, AOL ó and commercial email marketers of the most squeaky clean kind. Initially in secret, these days the meetings are more public.”