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The Federal Trade Commission is offering $50,000 for new technologies that prevent the public from being harassed by robocalls.

The agency announced the competition as part of a summit to battle illegal robocalling.

“The FTC is attacking illegal robocalls on all fronts, and one of the things that we can do as a government agency is to tap into the genius and technical expertise among the public,” said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We think this will be an effective approach in the case of robocalls because the winner of our challenge will become a national hero.”

The contest is the FTC’s first entry on Challenge.gov.