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FTC throws down robocall gauntlet: $50,000 for best way to stop annoying calls

coondoggie (973519) writes | about 2 years ago

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coondoggie writes "It's not clear if the Federal Trade Commission is throwing up its hands at the problem or just wants some new ideas about how to combat it, but the agency is now offering $50,000 to anyone who can create what it calls an innovative way to block that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones."
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I win. (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about 2 years ago | (#41701647)

Simple. Caller id, google maps and a shotgun.

Re:I win. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41701761)

you forgot the ski mask.

Re:I win. (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 2 years ago | (#41702127)

My exact thought was:

Mandate that any COMPANY MUST PROVIDE VALID CALLER ID DATA. No calls without caller id data, and only allow calls with caller id data from numbers registered to the company originating the call. Telephone companies filter at the source to prevent bullshit caller id data from being transmitted. Its not like they don't know who is making the calls ... they bill them for the calls don't they?

The simply prosecute violators since the reporting of violators is crowdsourced by default.

Apparently using common sense is a lot harder than offering 50k for someone else to come up with a solution which will of course them promptly be worked around.

Telephone companies don't WANT to stop robocalls and will be happy to lobby against anything that does so. Its a source of revenue, they won't give it up without a fight.

Or, make it easy to report spammers via the phone, like you hang up and call **FU and it reports them as robocallers. Get some percentage of reports per number of outbound calls and they get disconnected and reported to the police in their district as violators automagically.

This is not a technological problem, its an economic one. They'll pay more to be able to keep doing it than you and I will to get them to stop until we stop listening to voice calls all together. Of course then email spam prevention will be made illegal.

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