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Published on November 5th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Calling out the Robocallers

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun to publish data about consumer complaints levied against suspected robocalls—unsolicited automated telephone calls, typically with sales messages—to spur the development of tools that can protect consumers from this illegal practice. The data set includes complaint information such as the telephone number of a suspected robocall, the type of message, and the time a call occurred. FCC will update the data set on a weekly basis with newly submitted complaints and encourages developers and cellular providers to use this data to improve how they shield consumers from these unwanted messages.

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About the Author

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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