Meng Weng Wong

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Wong Meng Weng
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Meng Wong, 2010
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationSingaporean businessman

Wong Meng Weng (黃銘榮) is a Singaporean computer entrepreneur notable for proposing a historicist explanation for the relative tendency of individuals in different generations after immigration to become entrepreneurs (the Wong Greed/Fear Hypothesis[citation needed]). In 1994 he founded,[1] an email services company. In 2003 he led the group that designed the Sender Policy Framework standard (RFC4408) which was later embraced and extended by Microsoft.[2] In 2005 he co-founded Karmasphere, a reputation services venture. In 2010 he co-founded the Joyful Frog Digital Incubator, an early-stage digital innovation company. In 2018, he co-founded Legalese, a firm seeking to develop standards and tools to automate legal filings.[3]

Antispam work[edit]

In 2003, Wong hybridized two earlier proposals for sender authentication, Designated Mailer Protocol (DMP) and Reverse Mail Exchanger (RMX),[4] and devised SPF (Sender Policy Framework, originally Sender Permitted From).[5] In November, he met Mark Lentczner at the Hackers Conference; Lentczner, an experienced protocol and language designer in his own right, became the primary co-author on the draft specification. SPF quickly caught on among the opensource community, receiving mentions on Slashdot,[6] on Dave Farber's influential Interesting-People mailing list,[7] and elsewhere. During 2004 Wong traveled widely, visiting ISPs in North America, Europe, Singapore, and Japan, and speaking at conferences to explain SPF. He was appointed Senior Technical Advisor to the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group .[8] In 2004 Microsoft merged their similar proposal, Caller-ID For Email, with SPF to form Sender ID Framework[citation needed]. In 2005, the Microsoft implementation was rolled out in Hotmail, Exchange, and Outlook. In 2006, RFC4408 was published by the IETF as an Experimental Standard. As of August 2006, between one-third and one-half of legitimate email volume worldwide carries an SPF record.

He is a proponent of the Internet Mail 2000 architecture first popularized by Dan Bernstein; he calls it StubMail. Together with Nathan Cheng, Julian Haight, and Richard Soderberg, he led an initial implementation in 2006 which was presented at Google in July 2006.

Wong subscribes to the accountability framework first devised at the Aspen Institute by Esther Dyson and others. In that framework, authentication and reputation work together to create accountability. SPF, a sender authentication standard, offers the first half.

In 2005, Wong co-founded with Martin Hall, the inventor of WinSock. aims to offer the second half: reputation. Wong has described Karmasphere as the credit bureau for Internet identities.

Investment and startups[edit]

After moving to Singapore, Wong began angel investing in Internet companies. He produced a map of the Singapore Capital Markets for the Media Entrepreneur's Guide to Singapore, the first time all the funding sources for an early-stage venture have been displayed in a single infographic. He also joined the Board of Directors of BANSEA, the local angel investing group.

Published essays[edit]

Wong has published a variety of articles related to technology and society, including


Wong was born in Singapore on 19 November 1975, the son of prominent psychiatrist Wong Yip Chong and Patricia Ling Ai Wah. He attended the Anglo Chinese School and Raffles Institution as part of the Gifted Education Programme. From 1997 to 2000 while performing National Service he attended an MBA course at the National University of Singapore.

Wong is a graduate of St. George's School and the University of Pennsylvania. He presently lives in Singapore. In 2011, together with his mother, Wong was unsuccessfully sued by his half-brothers in a dispute concerning inheritance that reached the Singapore High Court.[9][10]

Conference appearances[edit]

He has spoken at the following conferences:

  • PC Forum 2006
  • The Hackers Conference 2003–2006
  • Inbox Event
  • ISPcon
  • Japan Antispam Summit 2005, Keynote speaker
  • IETF 59
  • National University of Singapore Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2006
  • MAAWG where he was appointed a Senior Technical Advisor.


  1. ^ Spammer-X; Sjouwerman, Stu (2004-11-13). Inside the spam cartel: trade secrets from the dark side. Syngress. pp. 220–. ISBN 978-1-932266-86-3. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Microsoft and Meng Wong to Merge Caller ID for E-Mail and SPF Anti-Spam Technology Proposals" (Press release). REDMOND, Wash.: Microsoft. May 25, 2004. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Legalese". Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  4. ^ "Sender Policy Framework Specifications". The SPF Project. April 26, 2014. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Meng Wong and Wayne Schlitt (April 2006). "RFC 44808". IETF.[citation needed]
  6. ^ "Slashdot items tagged "spf"".
  7. ^ Dave Farber (March 1, 2004). "CNN covers Meng's SPF".
  8. ^ Wong, Meng (December 2, 2004). Sender Authentication: What to do? (PDF) (Technical report). MAAWG. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Wong Meng Cheong and another v Ling Ai Wah and another (High Court of Singapore 27 Oct 2011).Text
  10. ^ "Sons lose $7 million house to father's mistress". Retrieved 2020-06-19.

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