Jesse David “J.D.” Falk - May 24, 1974 - November 16, 2011
It is with the heaviest of hearts that CAUCE must make note of the passing of one of our own. J.D. Falk was a founder of CAUCE, and one of the nicest people in the anti-spam community.
Besides being a board member of CAUCE U.S. since its inception in 1997, he went on to support the organization as a member of the CAUCE North America Executive. His tireless efforts helped to make CAUCE what it is today.
During his career, J.D. worked at Erols, Priori, Critical Path, MAPS, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Return Path, but perhaps his most important contributions in fighting online abuse were to the Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group, wherein his tireless efforts organizing the MAAWG meetings were literally immeasurable.
J.D. was a prolific author, his writing published on CircleID, at his employer Return Path’s website, and in the RFC process at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). His contributions went far towards making the Internet a better, safer place for us all.
J.D. was one of a kind,” said CAUCE President John Levine. “Everyone knew him, everyone trusted him, and everyone knew they could count on him to see the real issues.”
J.D. was so very well respected that a professional standards organization, the Internet Engineering Task Force, pulled out all the stops to honor him in his last days. His friends and colleagues Dave Crocker and Murray Kucherawy explain:
The IETF publishes technical specifications and related documents through a series that was started with the beginning of the Internet, called Request for Comments (RFC); the name reflects the Internet's origins as a research body more than 40 years ago.
JD had a document in the approval process (see notice below). J.D.'s document had already been approved by the IETF and it was in the last stages of document editing by the RFC staff. A small group of us asked whether they could expedite the process, more quickly than the expected two months. The IETF staff recruited a technical editor at 1:30am, her time, in New York and she completed the work by the end of the day. J.D. was shown this final draft for his approval, hours before he passed away.
Although the reason was extraordinary, this sort of willingness to help has always been at the core of this small Internet community that JD had joined, and contributed to, throughout his professional life.
J.D. died before his time from cancer. His intelligence, gravitas, good humor and considered opinions were invaluable, CAUCE, and the Internet community, are the poorer for his passing.
CAUCE extends our most heartfelt of condolences to his family and his friends.
Please feel free to share your memories of J.D. Falk at https://jdfalkmemorial.org/
Please read these tributes as well:
A collection of J.D.'s technical writing can be found at Return Path's Received: Blog
Subject: RFC 6449 on Complaint Feedback Loop Operational Recommendations
Date: 16 November, 2011 11:58:54 PM EST
A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.
Title: Complaint Feedback Loop Operational Recommendations
Author: J. Falk, Ed.
Date: November 2011
I-D Tag: draft-jdfalk-maawg-cfblbcp-03.txt
Complaint Feedback Loops similar to those described herein have
existed for more than a decade, resulting in many de facto standards
and best practices. This document is an attempt to codify, and thus
clarify, the ways that both providers and consumers of these feedback
mechanisms intend to use the feedback, describing some already common
This document is the result of cooperative efforts within the
Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, a trade organization separate
from the IETF. The original MAAWG document upon which this document
is based was published in April, 2010. This document does not
represent the consensus of the IETF; rather it is being published as
an Informational RFC to make it widely available to the Internet
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