Adware Vs. Spyware: Who's Making The Money?

InformationWeek recently ran a profile of the CEO of WhenU, Bill Day, and referred to his company as a "'good' adware purveyor that wins praise, not jeers, from industry pundits" ("Bill Day, CEO Of," May 1,). Now, the distinction between spyware and adware is tricky; one person's automated service is another person's interloper. There's been a great deal of litigation over it. Legislation in Congress has stalled, in part over an adequate definition of spyware. When I tried to visit WhenU's Web site to find out more, the corporate Internet filter wouldn't let me go there: "The Websense category 'Spyware' is filtered."

A light went off in my head--this company has issues. I began to wonder if I should encourage my son to put his college plans on hold and apply for this position immediately. It's an exciting opportunity, dead center in several of today's most pressing technology issues--the nature of the online experience, the Internet business model, the responsibility of companies to their customers. And it might be a good fit. "The ideal candidate will be extremely familiar with anti-spyware products and downloadable software," reads the posting. If a hard-earned proficiency in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes close to fitting that description, my son is extremely well qualified InformationWeek | IT Confidential: | IT Confidential: Adware Vs. Spyware: Who's Making The Money? | June 12, 2006

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