Story : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9978570/Robocalls-stopped-by-Google
Hundreds of thousands of people are thought to have heard recorded messages from companies selling payment protection insurance, double glazing and energy, and US authorities receive 200,000 complaints a month.
In response to a competition held by the American Federal Trade Commission, Google engineers Daniel Klein and Dean Jackson proposed a scheme that allows recipients to report a robocall by pressing a button on their phone, and consequently generates an online blacklist that intercepts calls from previously identified offenders.
Google said its engineers had developed the plan in response to the FTC’s ‘Robocall Challenge’, but added they had no plans to implement the system as part of Google Voice, for instance. "Robocalls are unpleasant, and our engineers have some ideas for combating the problem. At this point, it's simply a proposal for the FTC to consider," a company spokesman said.
The first-place award in the competition was split between two programmers, Aaron Foss and Serdar Danis, while Klein and Jackson won the "technology achievement award," reserved for a submission affiliated with a large company.