FTC Robocall Killing Campaign Announces Winners: Indie Devs and Google Score
April 3, 2013 5:13 PM
comment(s) - last by
Several solutions received cash and acclaim, now FTC is pushing them to bring those solutions closer to market
winners in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's "
FTC Robocall Challenge
". The challenge encouraged industry leaders and independent engineers/developers alike to come up with novel solutions for blocking automated spam phone calls.
A panel consisting of FTC Chief Technologist Steve Bellovin;
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Chief Technologist Henning Schulzrinne; and Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of
All Things D,
picked the winners
. The entrants were judged on whether their tool worked, how hard it would be to deploy, and how easy it would be to use.
Aaron Foss, a freelance software developer, and Serdar Danis, a computer engineer, tied in the individual challenge. Both developers offered up similar solutions -- filtering software that employed a blacklist to block known robocalling numbers and whitelist to automatically allow trusted numbers.
Both solutions also used CAPTCHA-style authentication to screen human phone calls from illegally placed robotic ones. The filtering software could be placed
on a mobile device
, on a personal computer, or installed directly atop a service provider's voice traffic backbone.
The pair will split the $50,000 USD prize pot, with each developer receiving $25K USD.
[Image Source: Detroit Free Press/Newscom]
A pair of Google Inc. (
) engineers won the team event (which allowed entries from organization of 10 or more people). Google's Daniel Klein and Dean Jackson proposed a big data solution dubbed "Crowd-Sourced Call Identification and Suppression." There was no monetary prize, but the pair does score some nice bragging rights and likely a thumbs up from their data giant employer, a company who loves free thinking.
It's unclear what the next step is, but presumably the winners will be encouraged to push their technology to market. The FTC made it clear, though, that it was not endorsing the winners' products, merely looking to spur the discussion. In total over 800 people submitted entries that the FTC ruled were valid attempts.
federal telemarketing laws
robocalls looking to sell products
(though the aforementioned political calls are legal). Still the practice
continues to occur (illegally)
due to the potential for profit from the pesky mass marketing technique.
Unfortunately, federal laws very much allow robocalls that are not being used to market a product. Politicians often use the annoying tactic to try to pester voters into voting pre-election. In the last cycle both
Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R) made massive use of robocalls
trying to sway the more simple-minded members of the voting base to vote for them. There's little interesting at the federal level to outlaw
kind of pesky robocall.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: And yet...
4/4/2013 10:56:48 PM
Nope. From what I've been able to find out, Windows Phone 8 doesn't even expose the software calls needed to do the job. Here's a suggestion over on the official "Suggestion" site that talks about it:
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
FCC Takes On Robocallers with Two Citations
March 18, 2013, 11:45 AM
FTC: Uncle Sam Will Give You $50K if You Can Think up a Way to Stop Robocallers
October 19, 2012, 12:51 PM
Robocaller Chief Gets Caught, Sentenced After Second Lamborghini Purchase
March 2, 2011, 4:21 PM
Robocalled at 4:30 in the Morning? There's an [Internet] App for That
January 14, 2011, 2:35 PM
iLate: CEO Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April
January 28, 2015, 3:03 PM
Amazon's Fire Sale on Fire Phone Steps up in UK w/ 1-Day Sale @ $150 Unlocked
January 28, 2015, 11:53 AM
Apple Sees Record Profit of $18 Billion, Sells 74.5 Million iPhones in Q1 FY2015
January 27, 2015, 6:01 PM
Apple Might Miss High-End of Analyst Estimates, Microsoft Earnings Hint
January 27, 2015, 3:14 PM
Microsoft Smartphone Sales Up 28 Percent as Lumia Budget Models Gain Ground
January 27, 2015, 8:30 AM
Quick Note: Special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 Raises $128,000 for Charity
January 26, 2015, 4:14 PM
Most Popular Articles
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 hp Punch with 200 mph Reach
January 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Microsoft Shows Off Latest Windows 10 Build, Preps it for Next Week Release
January 21, 2015, 2:57 PM
Google Fixes Homophobic "Bug" in its Translator
January 27, 2015, 2:31 PM
Will Google Become America's Fifth Major Carrier?
January 22, 2015, 12:42 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information