Three Finalists In A Contest To Hang Up On Robocalls

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The phone rings and you don’t recognize the number. It’s Rachel from Card Services. Again. You think, “There’s got to be a way to stop this.” writes about the Federal Trade Commission’s contest to develop a way to stop Rachel and her RoboCall pals from bothering you.

Programmers Aaron Foss and Serdar Danis are splitting the first place award. Danis proposed a separate device that would compile lists of white, gray and black listed numbers and route the call accordingly. Foss believes having a call ring two places, and the “Nomorobo” service would hang up if it’s a spam call.

The  “technology achievement award” winner, for an entry for people affiliated with a large company; proposed a system like Gmail’s spam filters. Two Google employees, Daniel Klein and Dean Jackson, believe users being able to notify a central database when they get a robocall will cut down on the calls going through.

Do you think these solutions would work?

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