[FoRK] Fwd: Re: Fwd: FTC Robocall Challenge

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Apr 2 11:19:58 PDT 2013

Having fun poking the FTC a bit about this...  At least I have standing to do so.



> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     Re: Fwd: FTC Robocall Challenge
> Date:     Tue, 02 Apr 2013 08:50:15 -0700
> From:     Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net>
> To:     ...
> The FTC reviewers declared a 3 way tie.  Now I realize that the "trip to DC" means they would have asked me to be at the 
> declaration if I had won.
> As far as I can tell based on what is public, RoboChoice should have won over at least two of them and at least tied the 
> third, which was posted the day before mine.  When proposals were deemed to be the same, they give priority to the earlier one.
> The winners don't seem to have handled many of the key areas of the problem.
> http://robocall.challenge.gov/submissions
> https://twitter.com/Scienteer/status/319109769925390337
> Nomorobo has a web site and video there.  The video on the FTC site is just no longer public.
> http://www.nomorobo.com/
> Overlaps with RoboChoice, but missing a number of key features.
> This is the public version of my proposal (using a new diagram tool which gave crazy lines):
> http://robocall.challenge.gov/submissions/13351-robochoice
> This incorporates crowd-sourcing, user control, and a federated reputation system to fully solve the problem.
> Stephen
> On 4/1/13 3:50 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> > I'll find out tomorrow if I've won the $50K prize.
> > http://present.knowledgevision.com/account/ftc/link/Live_Webcast
> > http://robocall.challenge.gov/
> > https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FTCrobo&src=hash
> >> The FTC received 798 eligible submissions before the Challenge closed Jan. 17, 2013.
> > Most of them were fluff, so it was a lot better investment than the lottery.  ;-)
> >
> > Wake me up if I win.  ;-)
> >
> > Stephen
> >
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject:     FTC Robocall Challenge
> > Date:     Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:11:20 -0400
> > From:     Marny Smith <marny at challengepost.com>
> > To:     Support <support at challengepost.com>
> >
> > Hello,
> > I’m writing to relay two announcements from the Federal Trade Commission.  First, the agency will hold a press conference at 
> 11 am ET tomorrow, April 2nd, to announce the winners of the FTC Robocall Challenge. For more information, including how to 
> view a webcast of this announcement, see this media advisory.
> >
> > Second, the FTC is encouraging all interested contestants to file some version of their technical proposal publicly, using 
> this website.  In accordance with the Robocall Challenge’s Official Rules, the technical proposals accompanying contestants’ 
> submissions will remain nonpublic in order to protect intellectual property rights.  However, the judges believed that 
> multiple proposals contained valuable information and suggestions addressing illegal robocalls, which contestants may be 
> willing to make public.  The FTC’s public comment form provides a vehicle for Robocall Challenge contestants to openly 
> contribute their ideas about fighting illegal robocalls to the ongoing public conversation about this topic.  While the FTC 
> encourages you to file some version of the technical proposal, you need not do so.
> > If you have questions, please email support at challengepost.com. Thank you.
> >
> > Best,
> > Marny

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