Mark Your Calendars: FTC Hosts #DefeatRobocalls Twitter Chat Thursday, April 16

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Attention tech geniuses: you could be part of the solution to the robocall problem!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is coming up with some creative ideas in the fight against robocallers. It’s launched two new contests to draw upon untapped techie talent to find better robocall blockers. It’s showing real drive to stop robocallers – we’d like to see the phone companies show similar ambition to address this problem!

  • The first challenge: you could get a $25,000 prize if you can devise software that will zap a robocall instantly – or forward it to technology known as a honeypot, which can analyze these calls.
  • The second challenge: participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking (June 6) to come up with an algorithm that will identify robocalls in real time.

Interested in participating? The FTC is hosting a Twitter chat to field your questions on Thursday, April 16, at 9 pm Eastern. We’ll be there and we invite you to join us! Search their hashtag #defeatrobocalls to learn more about what people are saying about the chat.

We’ve big fans of the FTC’s approach, and we encourage everyone to participate so that we can find even better anti-robocall tools. But still, we have to wonder why a small government agency has to pay developers to figure out a robocall solution – why aren’t the phone companies with their vast resources and expert engineers doing the same?

Please sign our petition at endrobocalls.org to push the phone companies to provide free robocall-blocking tools!

And please click here for all the details on the FTC’s Twitter chat.

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