Robocall Contest, 43466-43473 [2014-17553]

Download as PDF 43466 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices [FR Doc. 2014–17544 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6714–01–P FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Federal Election Commission. & TIME: Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: 999 E Street NW., Washington, DC. STATUS: This meeting will be closed to the public. AGENCY: DATE FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: Scheduled to be published on July 25, 2014. This meeting will be continued at a future date. * * * * * PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: Judith Ingram, Press Officer, Telephone: (202) 694–1220. CHANGE IN THE MEETING: Shelley E. Garr, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–17709 Filed 7–23–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Federal Election Commission. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: 999 E Street NW., Washington, DC. STATUS: This meeting will be closed to the public. Federal Register Notice of Previous Announcement—79 FR 42009. CHANGE IN THE MEETING: This meeting will continue at the conclusion of the Open Meeting on July 23, 2014. * * * * * PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: Judith Ingram, Press Officer, Telephone: (202) 694–1220. AGENCY: DATE AND TIME: Shelley E. Garr, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than August 21, 2014. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. Barlow Banking Corporation, Iowa Falls, Iowa; to acquire up to 19.39 percent of the voting shares of Northfield Bancshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Community Resource Bank, both in Northfield, Minnesota. B. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (E. Ann Worthy, Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201– 2272: 1. Vantage Bancorp, Inc., San Antonio, Texas; to merge with Medina Bankshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire D’Hanis State Bank, both in Hondo, Texas. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, July 22, 2014. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2014–17656 Filed 7–23–14; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P [FR Doc. 2014–17572 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Robocall Contest Federal Trade Commission. Notice; public challenge. AGENCY: ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’) announces an open source prize competition that challenges the public to create and improve an innovative robocall honeypot. A honeypot is an information system that is designed to attract perpetrators of illegal acts—in this case robocallers—and gain knowledge about their tactics. The Contest will be held at DEF CON 22, a conference of information security specialists, in Las Vegas, Nevada, from August 7–10, 2014. The Contest will occur in 3 independent phases, with Winner(s) chosen from each phase. Phase 1, ‘‘Creator,’’ involves building a robocall honeypot. Phase 2, ‘‘Attacker,’’ requires Contestants to identify a honeypot’s security vulnerabilities. Phase 3, ‘‘Detective,’’ involves analysis of data from an existing robocall honeypot. DATES: Contestants may register for any phase beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (‘‘PDT’’) on August 7, 2014 at the FTC’s ‘‘Zapping Rachel’’ booth at DEF CON 22. The deadline for submitting entries for phase 1 is August 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT; phase 2 is August 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT; and phase 3 is August 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. PDT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Hsue, 202–326–3132, or Kati Daffan, 202–326–2727, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC; 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.; Mailstop CC– 8528; Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FTC Robocall Contest (the ‘‘Contest’’) will complement the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 Robocall Challenge and advance its work, along with that of its public and private sector partners, to combat illegal telemarketing calls. Telemarketing robocalls are prerecorded messages that generally seek to promote the purchase of goods or services to a consumer, and are regulated by the FTC under the Telemarketing Sales Rule. See 16 CFR 310.4(b)(1)(v). Most such calls are illegal,1 and yet they continue to be prevalent. The FTC is hosting the Contest at DEF CON 22. The Contest will challenge the public to contribute to the design of robocall honeypots—information SUMMARY: 1 The vast majority of prerecorded sales calls are illegal under the Telemarketing Sales Rule unless the recipient has provided express written consent to receive them. 73 FR 51164 (Aug. 29, 2008); 16 CFR 310.4(b)(1)(v). The Telephone Consumer Protection Act also prohibits any type of call (other than a call made for emergency purposes) using automated telephone equipment or an artificial or prerecorded voice to a cellular telephone in the absence of prior express consent. 47 U.S.C. 227(b)(1)(A)(iii). E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices systems intended to attract perpetrators of illegal robocalls and gather knowledge about robocaller tactics. The Robocall Contest is intended to engage individuals or teams of individuals with information security expertise (collectively ‘‘Contestants’’) to apply their knowledge to design the nextgeneration of robocall honeypots. The Contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations. Participation constitutes Contestant’s full agreement to these Official Rules and to decisions of the Sponsor (as defined below), which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in the Official Rules. 1. Sponsor and Participating Organizations A. Sponsor: Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. B. Participating Organizations: (i) Telephone Science Corporation, also d/b/a Nomorobo, 5507–10 Nesconset Hwy, Suite 201; Mt Sinai, NY 11766; (ii) Twilio, Inc. (‘‘Twilio’’), 645 Harrison Street, Third Floor; San Francisco, CA 94107. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Eligibility A. To participate in the Contest: (i) Contestants may compete as individuals or as teams of individuals, if they meet all eligibility requirements set forth in sections 2.A–C. To be eligible to win a Prize, Contestants must meet the additional prize eligibility requirements set forth in section 2.D. (ii) Contestants must comply with all terms and conditions of the Official Rules throughout the Contest and Judging Period. (iii) Contestants must own or have access at their own expense to a computer, an Internet connection, and any other electronic devices, documentation, software, or other items that Contestants may deem necessary to create and enter a Submission (as defined in Section 4 below). (iv) Each team shall appoint one individual (the ‘‘Representative’’) to represent and act on behalf of said team, including by entering a Submission. The Representative must be duly authorized to submit on behalf of the team, and must represent and warrant that he/she is duly authorized to act on behalf of the team. (v) An individual may join more than one team, and an individual who is part of a team may also enter the Contest on an individual basis. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 (vi) No individual or team may enter the Contest on behalf of a corporation or other non-individual legal entity. B. The following individuals (including any individuals participating as part of a team) are not eligible regardless of whether they meet the criteria set forth above: (i) Any individual under the age of 18; (ii) any individual who employs any Judge or otherwise has a material business relationship or affiliation with any Judge; (iii) any individual who is a member of any Judge’s immediate family or household; (iv) any individual who has been convicted of a felony; (v) the Sponsor, Participating Organizations, and any advertising agency, contractor or other individual or organization involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Contest; all employees, representatives and agents thereof; and all members of the immediate family or household of any such individual, employee, representative, or agent; (vi) any Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of his or her employment, or as may otherwise be prohibited by Federal law (employees should consult their agency ethics officials); (vii) any individual or team that used Federal facilities or relied upon significant consultation with Federal employees to develop a Submission, unless the facilities and employees were made available to all Contestants participating in the Contest on an equal basis; and (viii) any individual or team that used Federal funds to develop a Submission, unless such use is consistent with the grant award, or other applicable Federal funds awarding document. If a grantee using Federal funds enters and wins this Contest, the prize monies will need to be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant in accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop a Submission for this Challenge. C. For purposes hereof: (i) The members of an individual’s immediate family include such individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and step-parents, and siblings and step-siblings; and (ii) the members of an individual’s household include any other person who shares the same residence as such individual for at least three (3) months out of the year. PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43467 D. Pursuant to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010, 15 U.S.C. 3719, Contest Prizes (as defined in Section 10 below) may only be awarded to individuals and teams of individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, subject to verification by the Sponsor before Prizes are awarded (see Section 11 below). 3. Registration Requirement for all Contestants A. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014, Contestants may visit the FTC’s ‘‘Zapping Rachel’’ booth at DEF CON 22, located at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. B. To enter, every Contestant, including all members of a team, must register by signing a form (‘‘Registration Form’’) to verify that he or she: (1) Has read and agreed to the Official Rules; (2) is over the age of 18; (3) does not have a familial or financial relationship with any Judge as specified in Section 2.B.(ii)-(iii); and (4) has not been convicted of a felony. A familial or financial relationship with any Judge or a felony conviction will disqualify the Contestant from participation in the Contest. The Registration Form will be available to Contestants beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014 at the FTC’s ‘‘Zapping Rachel’’ booth at DEF CON 22. C. Contestants should register as soon as possible and will thereupon receive important information regarding each phase of the Contest in which they intend to participate, such as Twilio free credit for phases 1 and 2, or access to necessary data for phase 3. See Sections 7–9. Contestants must submit their Registration Forms before the Submission Deadline of the first phase in which they are participating. D. After a Contestant registers, the Sponsor will send a confirmation message from RobocallContest@ftc.gov to the email address provided by the Contestant. The Contestant should use the confirmation message to verify the email address, in order to indicate agreement to participate in the Contest and receive important Contest updates. E. In the event of a dispute pertaining to this Contest, the authorized account holder of the email address listed at registration will be deemed to be the Contestant. The ‘‘authorized account holder’’ is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 43468 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices address. Contestants may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. F. Contestants must be physically present at the site of the Contest in order to participate. Individuals who wish to participate in the Contest without paying for entry to DEF CON 22 must send an email to RobocallContest@ ftc.gov indicating this preference on or before July 31, 2014. Such individuals may be escorted to the ‘‘Zapping Rachel’’ booth as the Sponsor deems necessary, but will not be able to attend any other events, contests, presentations, or otherwise participate in DEF CON 22. 4. Submission A. To participate in any phase of the Contest, a Contestant must submit the following via electronic mail: (i) The name of the solution; (ii) solution source code; (iii) a written description (as required for the specific phase); and (iv) any other materials required under Sections 7–9 below, including access to relevant call detail records, dialing platforms, and/or other technologies needed to test the Submission. Paragraphs (i)–(iv) above are collectively a ‘‘Submission.’’ The email address used to submit the Submission shall match the address provided on a Contestant’s Registration Form. With the exception of this originating email address, no part of the Submission shall contain information revealing the Contestant’s identity, such as a name, address, employment information, or other identifying details. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Submission Deadlines (i) For phase 1, Contestants must enter their Submissions by August 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. (ii) For phase 2, Contestants must enter their Submissions by August 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. (iii) For phase 3, Contestants must enter their Submissions by August 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. PDT. Paragraphs (i)–(iii) above are collectively the ‘‘Contest Deadlines.’’ The Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. Any Submissions entered following the respective Contest Deadlines shall be disqualified. The Judging Period for each phase will commence immediately following the deadline for each phase. The Sponsor may limit the number of Contestants who can participate in each phase to ensure that the Judges have sufficient time to review the Submissions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 C. Submission Requirements (i) The name, source code, written description, and any other materials should all be submitted at the same time. All Submissions must be received by the Contest Deadline for each phase. (ii) Source code must be compatible with languages and platforms that the Sponsor will specify on or before August 7, 2014. (iii) No part of a Submission may require the Sponsor or Judges to spend money or otherwise obtain anything of value. (iv) Submissions from a team must so indicate when entering a Submission. (v) With the exception of source code, Submissions must be in English, except that textual material in a language other than English will be accepted if accompanied by an English translation of that text. (vi) Any solution that was publicly available prior to the start of the Contest Submission Period (August 7–10, 2014) is not eligible for entry in the Contest, unless the solution submitted incorporated significant new functionality, features, and changes that are not publicly available. Contestants must include a narrative description of the new functionality with any such Submission. (vii) Submissions must not: a. Violate applicable law; b. depict hatred; c. be in bad taste; d. denigrate (or be derogatory toward) any person or group of persons or any race, ethnic group, or culture; e. threaten a specific community in society, including any specific race, ethnic group, or culture; f. incite violence or be likely to incite violence; g. contain vulgar or obscene language or excessive violence; h. contain pornography, obscenity, or sexual activity; or i. disparage the Sponsor. (viii) Submissions must be free of malware and other security threats. Contestant agrees that the Sponsor may conduct testing on each Submission to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. (ix) Submissions that do not comply with any of the above requirements may be disqualified. D. Additional Terms (i) Once a Submission has been submitted, Contestant may not access or make any changes or alterations to the Submission. (ii) A Contestant may submit more than one Submission. However, each Submission must be unique, as PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a Contestant enters two or more Submissions that are substantially similar, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Submissions or require the Contestant to choose one Submission to be entered into the Contest. (iii) By entering a Submission, Contestant represents, warrants, and agrees that the Submission is the original work of the Contestant and complies with the Official Rules. Contestant further represents, warrants, and agrees that any use of the Submission by the Sponsor and/or Judges (or any of their respective partners, subsidiaries, and affiliates) as authorized by these Official Rules, does not: a. Infringe upon, misappropriate or otherwise violate any intellectual property right or proprietary right including, without limitation, any statutory or common law trademark, copyright or patent, nor any privacy rights, nor any other rights of any person or entity; b. constitute or result in any misappropriation or other violation of any person’s publicity rights or right of privacy. 5. Submission Rights By entering a Submission to this Contest, Contestant grants to any person obtaining a copy of his or her Submission, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free and worldwide license to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, or distribute the Submission, any information and content submitted by the Contestant, and any portion thereof. Contestants agree that such Submissions shall be made and remain available to all for use on an open source basis, as defined by the Open Source Initiative, see opensource.org. Contestant further grants to the Sponsor the right to display the Submission on the Internet. Sponsor, and any third parties acting on its behalf, will also have the right to publicize Contestant’s name or codename and, as applicable, the names or codenames of Contestant’s team members, on the Contest Web site at www.ftc.gov, and in any media whatsoever, for advertising and publicity purposes relating to the Contest. The Contestant agrees that the foregoing constitutes solely a condition of the Contestant’s participation in the Contest, and that nothing herein shall constitute a procurement, including the acquisition of any intellectual property. See Section 12.C below. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices 6. Winner Selection and Judging Criteria A. All Submissions will be judged by an expert panel of judges (the ‘‘Judges’’) selected by the Sponsor at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute or modify the judging panel, or extend or modify the Judging Period, at any time for any reason. B. All Judges shall be required to remain fair and impartial. Any Judge may recuse him or herself from judging a Submission if the Judge or the Sponsor considers it inappropriate, for any reason, for the Judge to evaluate a specific Submission or group of Submissions. C. A Contestant’s likelihood of winning will depend on the number and quality of all of the Submissions, as determined by the Judges using the criteria in these Official Rules. D. For all phases, the Sponsor reserves the right to review the Judges’ decision and to withhold any Prize if, at the Sponsor’s sole discretion, there is a procedural, legal, or other reason that the Prize should not be awarded. E. The Judges will document the scores assigned to each Submission for each phase, and these scores may be subject to release by the Sponsor in its sole discretion or if required by law. F. The Sponsor and/or Judges intend to announce who earned the top scores from each of the 3 phases on August 10, 2014. Prizes, however, will not be awarded and Winners will not be named, until the Sponsor verifies eligibility for receipt of each Prize in accordance with Section 11 below. The Sponsor will announce verified Winners at a later date, and the results will be made available at the Contest Web site. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 7. Phase 1: Creator A. Phase 1 Contestants will stand in the shoes of experts trying to understand and defeat robocaller tactics. Contestants will be required to: (1) Build a honeypot that collects data on each call; and (2) categorize the calls based on the likelihood that the call is a robocall (a call delivering a prerecorded message). In designing the honeypot, Contestants may not include any feature that requires ongoing manual processing. Each Contestant will receive free access to a Twilio account, which requires an agreement to comply with Twilio’s terms of service. Twilio will provide a platform that Contestants may use to build their honeypot and at least one phone number associated with the Twilio account. If Contestants build a honeypot on Twilio’s platform, they will also receive $30 of credit. Without VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 spending any credit, each Contestant may receive and send calls to the phone number associated with his or her Twilio account from one external phone number. To send and receive calls using additional lines, Contestants may spend up to their $30 credit limit. The credit may also be applied toward other Twilio features. Contestants, however, are not required to use the Twilio platform and may use any tools they choose so long as Contestants also provide one or more honeypot phone lines, access to the associated call detail records or call logs, and any other information so that the Judges can test their Submissions without additional cost. Contestants will be disqualified, however, if they: (1) Place calls using an autodialing program or the functional equivalent; (2) adversely affect the Twilio platform; (3) adversely affect any other platform, product, system, or technology; (4) violate the terms of service of Twilio or any other third party provider; (5) do anything prohibited by law; or (6) place calls to any number outside their own honeypot. Judges will test the Submissions by sending calls to the honeypots and reviewing the information associated with incoming calls. Each Contestant will submit all source code in addition to a written description of the solution, consisting of fewer than 500 words, summarizing the Contestant’s techniques and outcomes. Judging Criteria (i) Building Knowledge (70% of Total Score) • Did you succeed in identifying inaccuracies in the data captured? You will receive ten points for each distinct successful method that your honeypot used to identify calls in which the data captured in any field was inaccurate. Inaccurate data could include, but is not limited to, false caller ID number or date of the call. Contestants will need to prove to the Judges’ satisfaction that the data captured was inaccurate, and the necessary level of proof is within the Judges’ sole discretion. Furthermore, the Judges have sole discretion to determine whether two successful methods are meaningfully distinct. • Did your honeypot successfully categorize calls based on the likelihood that the calls are robocalls? Contestants will receive up to 30 points based on the percentage of calls that are successfully categorized. Contestants will need to prove to the Judges’ satisfaction that the calls were accurately categorized, and the necessary level of proof is within the Judge’s sole discretion. • Is your honeypot scalable? For each distinct method that your honeypot uses PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43469 to categorize or verify the accuracy of the data collected, Contestants will receive five points for each such method that is easily replicable and adaptable. Furthermore, the Judges have sole discretion to determine whether two methods are meaningfully distinct. • The Judges will compare the total points earned by each Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign a percentage amount of no greater than 70% to each Contestant. (ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score) • What insights did your Submission demonstrate with respect to setting up an effective robocall honeypot? • What insights did your Submission demonstrate in determining the accuracy of the data captured? • What insights did your Submission demonstrate in determining how to categorize calls based on the likelihood that the calls are robocalls? (iii) Innovation (10% of Total Score) • How innovative was your Submission? B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at least one percentage point in each required category (building knowledge, explaining the scheme, and innovation). If the Judges determine that no one satisfies each required category, no one will be deemed eligible for any Prize. C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest overall score will be named Winner of the phase 1 Top Prize identified below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 1 Top Prize may be awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification requirements, at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 1 Honorable Mention Prizes—described below in Section 10—at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions where the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant Prize identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between the tied Contestants. 8. Phase 2: Attacker A. Phase 2 Contestants will look into the minds of robocallers. Each Contestant will receive a list of 25 phone numbers that belong to a robocall E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 43470 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices honeypot set up on the Twilio platform. Contestants will also have free access to a Twilio account with $15 of credit that may be applied toward Twilio features. Contestants will attempt to circumvent the robocall honeypot. Merely spoofing the caller ID information (i.e., providing inaccurate or missing Caller ID data) will not be counted as circumvention of the robocall honeypot. One example of a way that Contestants can successfully circumvent the robocall honeypot is by placing undetected calls to the robocall honeypot numbers. A call is ‘‘undetected’’ if it prevents the honeypot from gathering any data about the call, including that the call was made. Contestants will be disqualified if they: (1) Place calls using an autodialing program or the functional equivalent; (2) adversely affect the robocall honeypot; (3) adversely affect the Twilio platform; (4) adversely affect any other platform, product, system, or technology; (5) violate the terms of service of Twilio or any other third party provider; (6) do anything prohibited by law; or (7) place calls to any number outside the robocall honeypot. Contestants may use any tool or platform to circumvent the honeypot. For each circumvention effort, Contestants must provide the necessary means for Judges to test and replicate the attack. If Contestants use a tool other than Twilio to place calls that circumvent the honeypot, Contestants must also provide access to their call detail records or call logs. In addition, each Contestant will submit all source code and a written description consisting of fewer than 500 words summarizing: (1) The Contestant’s circumvention techniques and outcomes; (2) theoretical circumvention techniques that the Contestant did not test but would be useful to a robocaller; and (3) how the Contestant would build a better honeypot to prevent such techniques. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Judging Criteria (i) Hitting the Target (50% of Total Score) • Did you succeed in circumventing the robocall honeypot? You will receive one point for each distinct method that you used to circumvent the robocall honeypot. Contestants will need to prove to the Judges’ satisfaction that they circumvented the honeypot, and the necessary level of proof is within the Judges’ sole discretion. Furthermore, the Judges have sole discretion to determine whether two circumvention methods are meaningfully distinct. • The Judges will compare the total points earned by each Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 a percentage amount of no greater than 50% to each Contestant. (ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score) • What insights did your Submission demonstrate about how attackers might circumvent a robocall honeypot, including by placing undetected calls? • What theoretical techniques did your Submission describe for how attackers might circumvent a robocall honeypot? (iii) Rebuilding (10% of Total Score) • What insights did your Submission demonstrate about building a better robocall honeypot? (iv) Innovation (20% of Total Score) • How innovative were your actual or proposed methods of circumventing the honeypot? B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at least one percentage point in each required category (hitting the target, explaining the scheme, rebuilding, and innovation). If the Judges determine that no one satisfies each required category, no one will be deemed eligible for any Prize. C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest overall score will be named Winner of the phase 2 Top Prize identified below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 2 Top Prize may be awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification requirements, at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 2 Honorable Mention Prizes—described below in Section 10—at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions where the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant Prize identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between the tied Contestants. 9. Phase 3: Detective A. Each phase 3 Contestant will receive two sets of call data from an existing robocall honeypot. The Sponsor will provide this data at the FTC’s ‘‘Zapping Rachel’’ booth at DEF CON 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014. The first data set will identify calls that, based on real-world information, are likely to have been a robocall (a call delivering a prerecorded PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 message). Based on information provided in the first data set, Contestants will develop an algorithm and will predict which of the calls in the second data set are likely to be robocalls. In addition to submitting these predictions, each Contestant will submit all source code and a written description of the algorithm consisting of fewer than 250 words. Judging Criteria (i) Uncovering the Truth (70% of Total Score) • Did you correctly predict whether the calls in the second honeypot data set were likely to be robocalls? To assess this, the Judges will compare your predictions with real-world information about which calls are likely to be a robocall. You will receive one point for each call you successfully identified as a likely robocall, and deducted one point for each call you inaccurately identified as a likely robocall. • The Judges will compare the total points earned by each Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign a percentage amount of no greater than 70% to each Contestant. (ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score) • What insights did your Submission demonstrate with respect to the analysis of honeypot call records? (iii) Innovation (10% of Total Score) • How innovative was your Submission? B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at least one percentage point in each required category (uncovering the truth, explaining the scheme, and innovation). If the Judges determine that no one satisfies each required category, no one will be deemed eligible for any Prize. C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest overall score will be named Winner of the phase 3 Top Prize identified below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 3 Top Prize may be awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification requirements, at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 3 Honorable Mention Prizes—described below in Section 10—at the Judges’ or Sponsor’s discretion. E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions where E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant Prize identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between the tied Contestants. 10. Prizes 10. Prizes Prize amount (for each Winner) Winner emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Phase Phase Phase Phase Phase Phase 1 1 2 2 3 3 Top Prize ........................................................................................................................................... Honorable Mention(s) ........................................................................................................................ Top Prize ........................................................................................................................................... Honorable Mention(s) ........................................................................................................................ Top Prize ........................................................................................................................................... Honorable Mention(s) ........................................................................................................................ A. If no eligible Submissions are entered in the Contest, the Prize will not be awarded. The Sponsor retains the right to make a Prize substitution in the event that funding for the Prize or any portion thereof becomes unavailable. No transfer or substitution of a Prize is permitted except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. It will be the responsibility of the winning team’s Representative to allocate the Prize amongst the team, as the Representative deems it appropriate. B. In the event a Winner’s employer has a policy that prohibits the awarding of a Prize to an employee, the Winner must forfeit the Prize and the Sponsor may select an alternate Winner. Each Contestant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the Contestant and the Sponsor is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that the Contestant’s decision to provide the Contestant’s Submission to Sponsor for the purposes of this Contest does not place the Sponsor and its respective agents in a position that is any different from the position held by the members of the general public with regard to elements of the Contestant’s Submission, except as specifically provided in these Official Rules. C. Winners (including any winning team members) are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes. It is the sole responsibility of Winners of $600 or more to provide information to the Sponsor in order to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax forms when necessary. It is also the sole responsibility of Winners to satisfy any applicable reporting requirements. The Sponsor reserves the right to withhold a portion of the Prize amount to comply with tax laws. D. All payments shall be made by electronic funds transfer or other means determined by the Sponsor. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 43471 11. Verification of Eligibility for Receipt of a Prize A. All Prize Awards Are Subject To Sponsor Verification Of The Winner’s Identity, Eligibility, And Participation In The Creation Of The Solution. The Sponsor’s Decisions Are Final And Binding In All Matters Related To The Contest. In order to receive a Prize, a Contestant will be required to complete, sign and return to the Sponsor affidavit(s) of eligibility and liability release, or a similar verification document (‘‘Verification Form’’). 31 U.S.C. 7701 requires Federal agencies to collect social security numbers to issue a payment. (In the case of a team, the Representative and all participating members must complete, sign and return to the Sponsor the Verification Form in order for the team to receive a Prize.) B. Contestants potentially qualifying for a Prize will be notified and sent the Verification Form using the email address submitted at registration, starting on or about August 10, 2014. In the case of a team, the notification will only be sent to the Representative. If a notification is returned as undeliverable, the Contestant or team may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. C. At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, a Contestant or team forfeits any Prize if: (i) The Contestant fails to provide the Verification Form within five (5) business days of receipt of the email notification discussed above (or in the case of a team, any team member fails to provide the Verification Form within five business days of receipt of the email notification); (ii) the Contestant (or in the case of a team, its Representative) does not timely communicate with the Sponsor to provide payment and all other necessary information within five business days of receiving a request for such information; (iii) such individual or team Representative is contacted and refuses the Prize; PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S. U.S. U.S. U.S. U.S. U.S. $3,133.70 $1,337.00 $3,133.70 $1,337.00 $3,133.70 $1,337.00 Quantity 1 2 1 2 1 2 (iv) the Prize is returned as undeliverable; or (v) the Submission of the Winner, the Winner, or any member of a Winner’s team is disqualified for any reason. D. In the event of a disqualification, Sponsor, at its sole discretion, may award the applicable Prize to an alternate Contestant. The disqualification of one (or more) team members at any time for any reason may result in the disqualification of the entire team and of each participating member at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. 12. Entry Conditions and Release A. By entering, each Contestant (including, in the case of a team, all participating members) agree(s) to: (i) Comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or the Contest Judges, whose Rules and decisions are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (ii) release, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor, Participating Organizations, and any other individuals or organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising, or promoting the Contest, including their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, if any, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter the ‘‘Released Parties’’) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s entry, creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43472 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices exploitation, or use of Submission as authorized or licensed by these Official Rules. B. Without limiting the foregoing, each Contestant agrees to release all Released Parties of all liability in connection with: (i) Any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Sponsor’s or a Contestant’s electronic or printing error or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet connectivity, or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or software or failure of the Contest Web site, or any other platform or tool that Contestants or Judges choose to use; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (iv) technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of Submissions; or (v) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Contestant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize. If for any reason any Contestant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Contestant’s sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its Submission. The request will be addressed at the sole discretion of the Sponsor if the Contest Submission Period is still open. C. The Contest is not a procurement. The Sponsor does not acquire any intellectual property and Contestants agree to permit the Sponsor to publicize Contestants and Contest Winners solely as a condition of the Contestant’s participation in the Contest. See Paragraph 14 below. D. Based on the subject matter of the Contest, the type of work that it possibly will require, and the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from challenge participation, the Sponsor determines that Contestants are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate fiscal responsibility in order to participate in this Contest. 13. Publicity Participation in the Contest constitutes consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of the Contestant’s name or codename (and, as applicable, those of all other members of the team that VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 participated in the Submission) for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. Furthermore, a Contestant’s likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments, and/or hometown and state of residence (and, as applicable, those of all other members of the team that participated in the Submission) may be used if the Contestant provides consent. 14. General Conditions A. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failure, or any other unanticipated factor or factors beyond Sponsor’s control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor at its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Contestant that the Sponsor finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a manner that is inappropriate, not in the best interests of this Contest, or in violation of any applicable law or regulation. B. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper functioning of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to take proper legal action, including, without limiting, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unlawful activities. C. The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email address changes of the Contestants. Proof of sending or submitting will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. D. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest materials, including but not limited to the Contest Web site or point of sale, television, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules shall prevail. E. The Sponsor reserves the right, without liability, to amend the terms and conditions of the Official Rules at any time, including the rights or obligations of the Contestant and the Sponsor. The Sponsor will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the Contest Web site PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (‘‘Corrective Notice’’). As permitted by law, any amendment will become effective at the time the Sponsor posts the amended Official Rules. F. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this Contest, including but not limited to trademarks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, Web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans, and representations are owned or used under license by the Sponsor. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited. G. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become illegal or unenforceable under applicable Federal law, such illegality or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and best reflects the Sponsor’s intention in a legal and enforceable manner with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision. 15. Limitations of Liability By entering, all Contestants (including, in the case of a team, all participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Prizes or Contestant’s participation in the Contest, except for any claims against the Sponsor arising out of the unauthorized use or disclosure by the Sponsor of (1) the intellectual property of the participant beyond the authorized uses established in these rules, or (2) the trade secrets or confidential business information of the participant. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury, shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where such limitation is not legal. 16. Disputes A. Contestants agree that: (i) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, any Prizes awarded, the administration of the Contest, or the determination of Winners, shall be resolved individually; (ii) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, any Prizes awarded, the administration of the Contest, or the determination of Winners, shall be resolved pursuant to Federal law; E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 43473 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Notices (iii) under no circumstances will Contestants be entitled to, and Contestants hereby waive, all rights to claim, any punitive, incidental, and consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. B. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Contestants and the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, Federal law. 17. Privacy The Sponsor may collect personal information from you when you enter the Contest. Such personal information collected is subject to the privacy policy located here: http://www.ftc.gov/siteinformation/privacy-policy. 18. Contact Us Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the Contest Web site for further Contest information and updates. Jessica Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection. [FR Doc. 2014–17553 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency Information Collection Activity; Comment Request; State Developmental Disabilities Council 5-Year State Plan Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: A Plan developed by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities is required by federal statute. Each State Council on Developmental Disabilities must develop the plan, provide for public comments in the State, provide for approval by the State’s Governor, and finally submit the plan on a fiveyear basis. On an annual basis, the Council must review the plan and make any amendments. The State Plan will be used (1) by any amendments. The State Plan will be used (2) by the Council as a planning document; (3) by the citizenry of the State as a mechanism for commenting on the plans of the Council; (4) by the Department as a stewardship tool, for ensuring compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, as one basis for providing technical assistance (e.g., during site visits), and as a support for management decision making. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Bond, Administration on Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental SUMMARY: Disabilities, Office of Program Support, One Massachusetts Avenue NW., Room 4302, Washington, DC 20201, 202–690– 5841 or by email to: Valerie.Bond@ aoa.hhs.gov. In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed Collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden information to be collected; and (e) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection technique comments and or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 30 days of this publication. In the Federal Register of February 10, 2014 (Vol. 79 No.27 Page 7676) the agency requested comments on the proposed collection of information. Comments were received and a summary provided in the Supporting Statement. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Respondents 56 State Developmental Disabilities Councils. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours State Developmental Disabilities Council 5-Year State Plan .......................... 56 1 367 20,552 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20,552. Submit written comments on the collection of information by August 25, 2014. DATES: Submit written comments on the collection of information by fax 202.395.5806 or by email to OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: Dated: July 18, 2014. Kathy Greenlee, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging. [FR Doc. 2014–17586 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice of meeting. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its eighteenth meeting on August 20, 2014. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the BRAIN Initiative and ongoing work in neuroscience. SUMMARY: The meeting will take place Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. DATES: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005. 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 143 (Friday, July 25, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43466-43473]
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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Robocall Contest

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice; public challenge.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'') announces an open 
source prize competition that challenges the public to create and 
improve an innovative robocall honeypot. A honeypot is an information 
system that is designed to attract perpetrators of illegal acts--in 
this case robocallers--and gain knowledge about their tactics. The 
Contest will be held at DEF CON 22, a conference of information 
security specialists, in Las Vegas, Nevada, from August 7-10, 2014. The 
Contest will occur in 3 independent phases, with Winner(s) chosen from 
each phase. Phase 1, ``Creator,'' involves building a robocall 
honeypot. Phase 2, ``Attacker,'' requires Contestants to identify a 
honeypot's security vulnerabilities. Phase 3, ``Detective,'' involves 
analysis of data from an existing robocall honeypot.

DATES: Contestants may register for any phase beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
Pacific Daylight Time (``PDT'') on August 7, 2014 at the FTC's 
``Zapping Rachel'' booth at DEF CON 22. The deadline for submitting 
entries for phase 1 is August 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT; phase 2 is 
August 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT; and phase 3 is August 9, 2014 at 7:00 
p.m. PDT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Hsue, 202-326-3132, or Kati 
Daffan, 202-326-2727, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of 
Consumer Protection, FTC; 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.; Mailstop CC-8528; 
Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FTC Robocall Contest (the ``Contest'') 
will complement the Federal Trade Commission's 2012 Robocall Challenge 
and advance its work, along with that of its public and private sector 
partners, to combat illegal telemarketing calls. Telemarketing 
robocalls are prerecorded messages that generally seek to promote the 
purchase of goods or services to a consumer, and are regulated by the 
FTC under the Telemarketing Sales Rule. See 16 CFR 310.4(b)(1)(v). Most 
such calls are illegal,\1\ and yet they continue to be prevalent.
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    \1\ The vast majority of prerecorded sales calls are illegal 
under the Telemarketing Sales Rule unless the recipient has provided 
express written consent to receive them. 73 FR 51164 (Aug. 29, 
2008); 16 CFR 310.4(b)(1)(v). The Telephone Consumer Protection Act 
also prohibits any type of call (other than a call made for 
emergency purposes) using automated telephone equipment or an 
artificial or prerecorded voice to a cellular telephone in the 
absence of prior express consent. 47 U.S.C. 227(b)(1)(A)(iii).
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    The FTC is hosting the Contest at DEF CON 22. The Contest will 
challenge the public to contribute to the design of robocall 
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systems intended to attract perpetrators of illegal robocalls and 
gather knowledge about robocaller tactics. The Robocall Contest is 
intended to engage individuals or teams of individuals with information 
security expertise (collectively ``Contestants'') to apply their 
knowledge to design the next-generation of robocall honeypots.
    The Contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations. 
Participation constitutes Contestant's full agreement to these Official 
Rules and to decisions of the Sponsor (as defined below), which are 
final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a 
Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in the 
Official Rules.

1. Sponsor and Participating Organizations

    A. Sponsor: Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20580.
    B. Participating Organizations:
    (i) Telephone Science Corporation, also d/b/a Nomorobo, 5507-10 
Nesconset Hwy, Suite 201; Mt Sinai, NY 11766;
    (ii) Twilio, Inc. (``Twilio''), 645 Harrison Street, Third Floor; 
San Francisco, CA 94107.

2. Eligibility

    A. To participate in the Contest:
    (i) Contestants may compete as individuals or as teams of 
individuals, if they meet all eligibility requirements set forth in 
sections 2.A-C. To be eligible to win a Prize, Contestants must meet 
the additional prize eligibility requirements set forth in section 2.D.
    (ii) Contestants must comply with all terms and conditions of the 
Official Rules throughout the Contest and Judging Period.
    (iii) Contestants must own or have access at their own expense to a 
computer, an Internet connection, and any other electronic devices, 
documentation, software, or other items that Contestants may deem 
necessary to create and enter a Submission (as defined in Section 4 
below).
    (iv) Each team shall appoint one individual (the 
``Representative'') to represent and act on behalf of said team, 
including by entering a Submission. The Representative must be duly 
authorized to submit on behalf of the team, and must represent and 
warrant that he/she is duly authorized to act on behalf of the team.
    (v) An individual may join more than one team, and an individual 
who is part of a team may also enter the Contest on an individual 
basis.
    (vi) No individual or team may enter the Contest on behalf of a 
corporation or other non-individual legal entity.
    B. The following individuals (including any individuals 
participating as part of a team) are not eligible regardless of whether 
they meet the criteria set forth above:
    (i) Any individual under the age of 18;
    (ii) any individual who employs any Judge or otherwise has a 
material business relationship or affiliation with any Judge;
    (iii) any individual who is a member of any Judge's immediate 
family or household;
    (iv) any individual who has been convicted of a felony;
    (v) the Sponsor, Participating Organizations, and any advertising 
agency, contractor or other individual or organization involved with 
the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the 
Contest; all employees, representatives and agents thereof; and all 
members of the immediate family or household of any such individual, 
employee, representative, or agent;
    (vi) any Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope 
of his or her employment, or as may otherwise be prohibited by Federal 
law (employees should consult their agency ethics officials);
    (vii) any individual or team that used Federal facilities or relied 
upon significant consultation with Federal employees to develop a 
Submission, unless the facilities and employees were made available to 
all Contestants participating in the Contest on an equal basis; and
    (viii) any individual or team that used Federal funds to develop a 
Submission, unless such use is consistent with the grant award, or 
other applicable Federal funds awarding document. If a grantee using 
Federal funds enters and wins this Contest, the prize monies will need 
to be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant in 
accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. 
Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to 
develop a Submission for this Challenge.
    C. For purposes hereof:
    (i) The members of an individual's immediate family include such 
individual's spouse, children and step-children, parents and step-
parents, and siblings and step-siblings; and
    (ii) the members of an individual's household include any other 
person who shares the same residence as such individual for at least 
three (3) months out of the year.
    D. Pursuant to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully 
Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science 
Reauthorization Act of 2010, 15 U.S.C. 3719, Contest Prizes (as defined 
in Section 10 below) may only be awarded to individuals and teams of 
individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United 
States, subject to verification by the Sponsor before Prizes are 
awarded (see Section 11 below).

3. Registration Requirement for all Contestants

    A. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014, Contestants may 
visit the FTC's ``Zapping Rachel'' booth at DEF CON 22, located at the 
Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    B. To enter, every Contestant, including all members of a team, 
must register by signing a form (``Registration Form'') to verify that 
he or she: (1) Has read and agreed to the Official Rules; (2) is over 
the age of 18; (3) does not have a familial or financial relationship 
with any Judge as specified in Section 2.B.(ii)-(iii); and (4) has not 
been convicted of a felony. A familial or financial relationship with 
any Judge or a felony conviction will disqualify the Contestant from 
participation in the Contest. The Registration Form will be available 
to Contestants beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014 at the 
FTC's ``Zapping Rachel'' booth at DEF CON 22.
    C. Contestants should register as soon as possible and will 
thereupon receive important information regarding each phase of the 
Contest in which they intend to participate, such as Twilio free credit 
for phases 1 and 2, or access to necessary data for phase 3. See 
Sections 7-9. Contestants must submit their Registration Forms before 
the Submission Deadline of the first phase in which they are 
participating.
    D. After a Contestant registers, the Sponsor will send a 
confirmation message from RobocallContest@ftc.gov to the email address 
provided by the Contestant. The Contestant should use the confirmation 
message to verify the email address, in order to indicate agreement to 
participate in the Contest and receive important Contest updates.
    E. In the event of a dispute pertaining to this Contest, the 
authorized account holder of the email address listed at registration 
will be deemed to be the Contestant. The ``authorized account holder'' 
is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access 
provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible 
for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the 
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address. Contestants may be required to show proof of being the 
authorized account holder.
    F. Contestants must be physically present at the site of the 
Contest in order to participate. Individuals who wish to participate in 
the Contest without paying for entry to DEF CON 22 must send an email 
to RobocallContest@ftc.gov indicating this preference on or before July 
31, 2014. Such individuals may be escorted to the ``Zapping Rachel'' 
booth as the Sponsor deems necessary, but will not be able to attend 
any other events, contests, presentations, or otherwise participate in 
DEF CON 22.

4. Submission

    A. To participate in any phase of the Contest, a Contestant must 
submit the following via electronic mail:
    (i) The name of the solution;
    (ii) solution source code;
    (iii) a written description (as required for the specific phase); 
and
    (iv) any other materials required under Sections 7-9 below, 
including access to relevant call detail records, dialing platforms, 
and/or other technologies needed to test the Submission.
    Paragraphs (i)-(iv) above are collectively a ``Submission.'' The 
email address used to submit the Submission shall match the address 
provided on a Contestant's Registration Form. With the exception of 
this originating email address, no part of the Submission shall contain 
information revealing the Contestant's identity, such as a name, 
address, employment information, or other identifying details.

B. Submission Deadlines

    (i) For phase 1, Contestants must enter their Submissions by August 
8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.
    (ii) For phase 2, Contestants must enter their Submissions by 
August 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.
    (iii) For phase 3, Contestants must enter their Submissions by 
August 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.
    Paragraphs (i)-(iii) above are collectively the ``Contest 
Deadlines.'' The Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device 
for this Contest. Any Submissions entered following the respective 
Contest Deadlines shall be disqualified. The Judging Period for each 
phase will commence immediately following the deadline for each phase. 
The Sponsor may limit the number of Contestants who can participate in 
each phase to ensure that the Judges have sufficient time to review the 
Submissions.

C. Submission Requirements

    (i) The name, source code, written description, and any other 
materials should all be submitted at the same time. All Submissions 
must be received by the Contest Deadline for each phase.
    (ii) Source code must be compatible with languages and platforms 
that the Sponsor will specify on or before August 7, 2014.
    (iii) No part of a Submission may require the Sponsor or Judges to 
spend money or otherwise obtain anything of value.
    (iv) Submissions from a team must so indicate when entering a 
Submission.
    (v) With the exception of source code, Submissions must be in 
English, except that textual material in a language other than English 
will be accepted if accompanied by an English translation of that text.
    (vi) Any solution that was publicly available prior to the start of 
the Contest Submission Period (August 7-10, 2014) is not eligible for 
entry in the Contest, unless the solution submitted incorporated 
significant new functionality, features, and changes that are not 
publicly available. Contestants must include a narrative description of 
the new functionality with any such Submission.
    (vii) Submissions must not:
    a. Violate applicable law;
    b. depict hatred;
    c. be in bad taste;
    d. denigrate (or be derogatory toward) any person or group of 
persons or any race, ethnic group, or culture;
    e. threaten a specific community in society, including any specific 
race, ethnic group, or culture;
    f. incite violence or be likely to incite violence;
    g. contain vulgar or obscene language or excessive violence;
    h. contain pornography, obscenity, or sexual activity; or
    i. disparage the Sponsor.
    (viii) Submissions must be free of malware and other security 
threats. Contestant agrees that the Sponsor may conduct testing on each 
Submission to determine whether malware or other security threats may 
be present.
    (ix) Submissions that do not comply with any of the above 
requirements may be disqualified.

D. Additional Terms

    (i) Once a Submission has been submitted, Contestant may not access 
or make any changes or alterations to the Submission.
    (ii) A Contestant may submit more than one Submission. However, 
each Submission must be unique, as determined by Sponsor in its sole 
discretion. If a Contestant enters two or more Submissions that are 
substantially similar, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify 
Submissions or require the Contestant to choose one Submission to be 
entered into the Contest.
    (iii) By entering a Submission, Contestant represents, warrants, 
and agrees that the Submission is the original work of the Contestant 
and complies with the Official Rules.
    Contestant further represents, warrants, and agrees that any use of 
the Submission by the Sponsor and/or Judges (or any of their respective 
partners, subsidiaries, and affiliates) as authorized by these Official 
Rules, does not:
    a. Infringe upon, misappropriate or otherwise violate any 
intellectual property right or proprietary right including, without 
limitation, any statutory or common law trademark, copyright or patent, 
nor any privacy rights, nor any other rights of any person or entity;
    b. constitute or result in any misappropriation or other violation 
of any person's publicity rights or right of privacy.

5. Submission Rights

    By entering a Submission to this Contest, Contestant grants to any 
person obtaining a copy of his or her Submission, a non-exclusive, 
irrevocable, royalty-free and worldwide license to use, copy, modify, 
merge, publish, or distribute the Submission, any information and 
content submitted by the Contestant, and any portion thereof. 
Contestants agree that such Submissions shall be made and remain 
available to all for use on an open source basis, as defined by the 
Open Source Initiative, see opensource.org. Contestant further grants 
to the Sponsor the right to display the Submission on the Internet. 
Sponsor, and any third parties acting on its behalf, will also have the 
right to publicize Contestant's name or codename and, as applicable, 
the names or codenames of Contestant's team members, on the Contest Web 
site at www.ftc.gov, and in any media whatsoever, for advertising and 
publicity purposes relating to the Contest. The Contestant agrees that 
the foregoing constitutes solely a condition of the Contestant's 
participation in the Contest, and that nothing herein shall constitute 
a procurement, including the acquisition of any intellectual property. 
See Section 12.C below.

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6. Winner Selection and Judging Criteria

    A. All Submissions will be judged by an expert panel of judges (the 
``Judges'') selected by the Sponsor at the Sponsor's sole discretion. 
The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute or modify the judging 
panel, or extend or modify the Judging Period, at any time for any 
reason.
    B. All Judges shall be required to remain fair and impartial. Any 
Judge may recuse him or herself from judging a Submission if the Judge 
or the Sponsor considers it inappropriate, for any reason, for the 
Judge to evaluate a specific Submission or group of Submissions.
    C. A Contestant's likelihood of winning will depend on the number 
and quality of all of the Submissions, as determined by the Judges 
using the criteria in these Official Rules.
    D. For all phases, the Sponsor reserves the right to review the 
Judges' decision and to withhold any Prize if, at the Sponsor's sole 
discretion, there is a procedural, legal, or other reason that the 
Prize should not be awarded.
    E. The Judges will document the scores assigned to each Submission 
for each phase, and these scores may be subject to release by the 
Sponsor in its sole discretion or if required by law.
    F. The Sponsor and/or Judges intend to announce who earned the top 
scores from each of the 3 phases on August 10, 2014. Prizes, however, 
will not be awarded and Winners will not be named, until the Sponsor 
verifies eligibility for receipt of each Prize in accordance with 
Section 11 below. The Sponsor will announce verified Winners at a later 
date, and the results will be made available at the Contest Web site.

7. Phase 1: Creator

    A. Phase 1 Contestants will stand in the shoes of experts trying to 
understand and defeat robocaller tactics. Contestants will be required 
to: (1) Build a honeypot that collects data on each call; and (2) 
categorize the calls based on the likelihood that the call is a 
robocall (a call delivering a prerecorded message). In designing the 
honeypot, Contestants may not include any feature that requires ongoing 
manual processing. Each Contestant will receive free access to a Twilio 
account, which requires an agreement to comply with Twilio's terms of 
service. Twilio will provide a platform that Contestants may use to 
build their honeypot and at least one phone number associated with the 
Twilio account. If Contestants build a honeypot on Twilio's platform, 
they will also receive $30 of credit. Without spending any credit, each 
Contestant may receive and send calls to the phone number associated 
with his or her Twilio account from one external phone number. To send 
and receive calls using additional lines, Contestants may spend up to 
their $30 credit limit. The credit may also be applied toward other 
Twilio features. Contestants, however, are not required to use the 
Twilio platform and may use any tools they choose so long as 
Contestants also provide one or more honeypot phone lines, access to 
the associated call detail records or call logs, and any other 
information so that the Judges can test their Submissions without 
additional cost. Contestants will be disqualified, however, if they: 
(1) Place calls using an autodialing program or the functional 
equivalent; (2) adversely affect the Twilio platform; (3) adversely 
affect any other platform, product, system, or technology; (4) violate 
the terms of service of Twilio or any other third party provider; (5) 
do anything prohibited by law; or (6) place calls to any number outside 
their own honeypot. Judges will test the Submissions by sending calls 
to the honeypots and reviewing the information associated with incoming 
calls. Each Contestant will submit all source code in addition to a 
written description of the solution, consisting of fewer than 500 
words, summarizing the Contestant's techniques and outcomes.

Judging Criteria

(i) Building Knowledge (70% of Total Score)
     Did you succeed in identifying inaccuracies in the data 
captured? You will receive ten points for each distinct successful 
method that your honeypot used to identify calls in which the data 
captured in any field was inaccurate. Inaccurate data could include, 
but is not limited to, false caller ID number or date of the call. 
Contestants will need to prove to the Judges' satisfaction that the 
data captured was inaccurate, and the necessary level of proof is 
within the Judges' sole discretion. Furthermore, the Judges have sole 
discretion to determine whether two successful methods are meaningfully 
distinct.
     Did your honeypot successfully categorize calls based on 
the likelihood that the calls are robocalls? Contestants will receive 
up to 30 points based on the percentage of calls that are successfully 
categorized. Contestants will need to prove to the Judges' satisfaction 
that the calls were accurately categorized, and the necessary level of 
proof is within the Judge's sole discretion.
     Is your honeypot scalable? For each distinct method that 
your honeypot uses to categorize or verify the accuracy of the data 
collected, Contestants will receive five points for each such method 
that is easily replicable and adaptable. Furthermore, the Judges have 
sole discretion to determine whether two methods are meaningfully 
distinct.
     The Judges will compare the total points earned by each 
Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign a percentage 
amount of no greater than 70% to each Contestant.
 (ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score)
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate with respect 
to setting up an effective robocall honeypot?
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate in 
determining the accuracy of the data captured?
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate in 
determining how to categorize calls based on the likelihood that the 
calls are robocalls?
(iii) Innovation (10% of Total Score)
     How innovative was your Submission?
    B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at 
least one percentage point in each required category (building 
knowledge, explaining the scheme, and innovation). If the Judges 
determine that no one satisfies each required category, no one will be 
deemed eligible for any Prize.
    C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest 
overall score will be named Winner of the phase 1 Top Prize identified 
below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification 
requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not 
satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 1 Top Prize may be 
awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification 
requirements, at the Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who 
meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 
1 Honorable Mention Prizes--described below in Section 10--at the 
Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions 
where the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant 
Prize identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between 
the tied Contestants.

8. Phase 2: Attacker

    A. Phase 2 Contestants will look into the minds of robocallers. 
Each Contestant will receive a list of 25 phone numbers that belong to 
a robocall

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honeypot set up on the Twilio platform. Contestants will also have free 
access to a Twilio account with $15 of credit that may be applied 
toward Twilio features. Contestants will attempt to circumvent the 
robocall honeypot. Merely spoofing the caller ID information (i.e., 
providing inaccurate or missing Caller ID data) will not be counted as 
circumvention of the robocall honeypot. One example of a way that 
Contestants can successfully circumvent the robocall honeypot is by 
placing undetected calls to the robocall honeypot numbers. A call is 
``undetected'' if it prevents the honeypot from gathering any data 
about the call, including that the call was made. Contestants will be 
disqualified if they: (1) Place calls using an autodialing program or 
the functional equivalent; (2) adversely affect the robocall honeypot; 
(3) adversely affect the Twilio platform; (4) adversely affect any 
other platform, product, system, or technology; (5) violate the terms 
of service of Twilio or any other third party provider; (6) do anything 
prohibited by law; or (7) place calls to any number outside the 
robocall honeypot. Contestants may use any tool or platform to 
circumvent the honeypot. For each circumvention effort, Contestants 
must provide the necessary means for Judges to test and replicate the 
attack. If Contestants use a tool other than Twilio to place calls that 
circumvent the honeypot, Contestants must also provide access to their 
call detail records or call logs. In addition, each Contestant will 
submit all source code and a written description consisting of fewer 
than 500 words summarizing: (1) The Contestant's circumvention 
techniques and outcomes; (2) theoretical circumvention techniques that 
the Contestant did not test but would be useful to a robocaller; and 
(3) how the Contestant would build a better honeypot to prevent such 
techniques.

Judging Criteria

(i) Hitting the Target (50% of Total Score)
     Did you succeed in circumventing the robocall honeypot? 
You will receive one point for each distinct method that you used to 
circumvent the robocall honeypot. Contestants will need to prove to the 
Judges' satisfaction that they circumvented the honeypot, and the 
necessary level of proof is within the Judges' sole discretion. 
Furthermore, the Judges have sole discretion to determine whether two 
circumvention methods are meaningfully distinct.
     The Judges will compare the total points earned by each 
Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign a percentage 
amount of no greater than 50% to each Contestant.
 (ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score)
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate about how 
attackers might circumvent a robocall honeypot, including by placing 
undetected calls?
     What theoretical techniques did your Submission describe 
for how attackers might circumvent a robocall honeypot?
(iii) Rebuilding (10% of Total Score)
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate about 
building a better robocall honeypot?
(iv) Innovation (20% of Total Score)
     How innovative were your actual or proposed methods of 
circumventing the honeypot?
    B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at 
least one percentage point in each required category (hitting the 
target, explaining the scheme, rebuilding, and innovation). If the 
Judges determine that no one satisfies each required category, no one 
will be deemed eligible for any Prize.
    C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest 
overall score will be named Winner of the phase 2 Top Prize identified 
below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification 
requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not 
satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 2 Top Prize may be 
awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification 
requirements, at the Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who 
meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 
2 Honorable Mention Prizes--described below in Section 10--at the 
Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions 
where the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant 
Prize identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between 
the tied Contestants.

9. Phase 3: Detective

    A. Each phase 3 Contestant will receive two sets of call data from 
an existing robocall honeypot. The Sponsor will provide this data at 
the FTC's ``Zapping Rachel'' booth at DEF CON 22, beginning at 9:00 
a.m. PDT on August 7, 2014. The first data set will identify calls 
that, based on real-world information, are likely to have been a 
robocall (a call delivering a prerecorded message). Based on 
information provided in the first data set, Contestants will develop an 
algorithm and will predict which of the calls in the second data set 
are likely to be robocalls. In addition to submitting these 
predictions, each Contestant will submit all source code and a written 
description of the algorithm consisting of fewer than 250 words.

Judging Criteria

(i) Uncovering the Truth (70% of Total Score)
     Did you correctly predict whether the calls in the second 
honeypot data set were likely to be robocalls? To assess this, the 
Judges will compare your predictions with real-world information about 
which calls are likely to be a robocall. You will receive one point for 
each call you successfully identified as a likely robocall, and 
deducted one point for each call you inaccurately identified as a 
likely robocall.
     The Judges will compare the total points earned by each 
Contestant in this category and use these totals to assign a percentage 
amount of no greater than 70% to each Contestant.
(ii) Explaining the Scheme (20% of Total Score)
     What insights did your Submission demonstrate with respect 
to the analysis of honeypot call records?
(iii) Innovation (10% of Total Score)
     How innovative was your Submission?
    B. In order to be considered for a Prize, Submissions must score at 
least one percentage point in each required category (uncovering the 
truth, explaining the scheme, and innovation). If the Judges determine 
that no one satisfies each required category, no one will be deemed 
eligible for any Prize.
    C. The one (1) Contestant whose Submission earns the highest 
overall score will be named Winner of the phase 3 Top Prize identified 
below in Section 10, if the Contestant satisfies the verification 
requirements described in Section 11. If the Contestant does not 
satisfy the verification requirements, the phase 3 Top Prize may be 
awarded to the next highest scorer who satisfies the verification 
requirements, at the Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    D. Up to two (2) Contestants with the subsequent highest scores who 
meet the Section 11 verification requirements may be awarded the phase 
3 Honorable Mention Prizes--described below in Section 10--at the 
Judges' or Sponsor's discretion.
    E. In the event of a tie between or among two or more Submissions 
where

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the Contestants meet the verification requirements, the relevant Prize 
identified below in Section 10 will be divided equally between the tied 
Contestants.

10. Prizes

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        Prize amount
               Winner                     (for each         Quantity
                                           Winner)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Phase 1 Top Prize...................    U.S. $3,133.70                 1
Phase 1 Honorable Mention(s)........    U.S. $1,337.00                 2
Phase 2 Top Prize...................    U.S. $3,133.70                 1
Phase 2 Honorable Mention(s)........    U.S. $1,337.00                 2
Phase 3 Top Prize...................    U.S. $3,133.70                 1
Phase 3 Honorable Mention(s)........    U.S. $1,337.00                 2
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    A. If no eligible Submissions are entered in the Contest, the Prize 
will not be awarded. The Sponsor retains the right to make a Prize 
substitution in the event that funding for the Prize or any portion 
thereof becomes unavailable. No transfer or substitution of a Prize is 
permitted except at the Sponsor's sole discretion. It will be the 
responsibility of the winning team's Representative to allocate the 
Prize amongst the team, as the Representative deems it appropriate.
    B. In the event a Winner's employer has a policy that prohibits the 
awarding of a Prize to an employee, the Winner must forfeit the Prize 
and the Sponsor may select an alternate Winner. Each Contestant hereby 
acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between the Contestant 
and the Sponsor is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special 
relationship, and that the Contestant's decision to provide the 
Contestant's Submission to Sponsor for the purposes of this Contest 
does not place the Sponsor and its respective agents in a position that 
is any different from the position held by the members of the general 
public with regard to elements of the Contestant's Submission, except 
as specifically provided in these Official Rules.
    C. Winners (including any winning team members) are responsible for 
reporting and paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes. It 
is the sole responsibility of Winners of $600 or more to provide 
information to the Sponsor in order to facilitate receipt of the award, 
including completing and submitting any tax forms when necessary. It is 
also the sole responsibility of Winners to satisfy any applicable 
reporting requirements. The Sponsor reserves the right to withhold a 
portion of the Prize amount to comply with tax laws.
    D. All payments shall be made by electronic funds transfer or other 
means determined by the Sponsor.

11. Verification of Eligibility for Receipt of a Prize

    A. All Prize Awards Are Subject To Sponsor Verification Of The 
Winner's Identity, Eligibility, And Participation In The Creation Of 
The Solution. The Sponsor's Decisions Are Final And Binding In All 
Matters Related To The Contest. In order to receive a Prize, a 
Contestant will be required to complete, sign and return to the Sponsor 
affidavit(s) of eligibility and liability release, or a similar 
verification document (``Verification Form''). 31 U.S.C. 7701 requires 
Federal agencies to collect social security numbers to issue a payment. 
(In the case of a team, the Representative and all participating 
members must complete, sign and return to the Sponsor the Verification 
Form in order for the team to receive a Prize.)
    B. Contestants potentially qualifying for a Prize will be notified 
and sent the Verification Form using the email address submitted at 
registration, starting on or about August 10, 2014. In the case of a 
team, the notification will only be sent to the Representative. If a 
notification is returned as undeliverable, the Contestant or team may 
be disqualified at the Sponsor's sole discretion.
    C. At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, a Contestant or team 
forfeits any Prize if:
    (i) The Contestant fails to provide the Verification Form within 
five (5) business days of receipt of the email notification discussed 
above (or in the case of a team, any team member fails to provide the 
Verification Form within five business days of receipt of the email 
notification);
    (ii) the Contestant (or in the case of a team, its Representative) 
does not timely communicate with the Sponsor to provide payment and all 
other necessary information within five business days of receiving a 
request for such information;
    (iii) such individual or team Representative is contacted and 
refuses the Prize;
    (iv) the Prize is returned as undeliverable; or
    (v) the Submission of the Winner, the Winner, or any member of a 
Winner's team is disqualified for any reason.
    D. In the event of a disqualification, Sponsor, at its sole 
discretion, may award the applicable Prize to an alternate Contestant. 
The disqualification of one (or more) team members at any time for any 
reason may result in the disqualification of the entire team and of 
each participating member at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

12. Entry Conditions and Release

    A. By entering, each Contestant (including, in the case of a team, 
all participating members) agree(s) to:
    (i) Comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the 
decisions of the Sponsor and/or the Contest Judges, whose Rules and 
decisions are binding and final in all matters relating to this 
Contest;
    (ii) release, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor, 
Participating Organizations, and any other individuals or organizations 
responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising, or 
promoting the Contest, including their respective parents, 
subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, if any, and all of their 
respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and 
representatives (hereafter the ``Released Parties'') from and against 
any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable 
attorneys' fees), including but not limited to negligence and damages 
of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, 
violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright 
or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or 
personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant's entry, 
creation of Submission or entry of a Submission, participation in the 
Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of the Prize and/or the broadcast, 
transmission, performance,

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exploitation, or use of Submission as authorized or licensed by these 
Official Rules.
    B. Without limiting the foregoing, each Contestant agrees to 
release all Released Parties of all liability in connection with:
    (i) Any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by the 
Sponsor's or a Contestant's electronic or printing error or by any of 
the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the 
Contest;
    (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, 
malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, internet 
connectivity, or electronic transmission errors, or network hardware or 
software or failure of the Contest Web site, or any other platform or 
tool that Contestants or Judges choose to use;
    (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry 
process or the Contest;
    (iv) technical or human error that may occur in the administration 
of the Contest or the processing of Submissions; or
    (v) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, 
directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the Contestant's 
participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize. 
If for any reason any Contestant's Submission is confirmed to have been 
erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the 
Contestant's sole remedy is to request the opportunity to resubmit its 
Submission. The request will be addressed at the sole discretion of the 
Sponsor if the Contest Submission Period is still open.
    C. The Contest is not a procurement. The Sponsor does not acquire 
any intellectual property and Contestants agree to permit the Sponsor 
to publicize Contestants and Contest Winners solely as a condition of 
the Contestant's participation in the Contest. See Paragraph 14 below.
    D. Based on the subject matter of the Contest, the type of work 
that it possibly will require, and the likelihood of any claims for 
death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting 
from challenge participation, the Sponsor determines that Contestants 
are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate fiscal 
responsibility in order to participate in this Contest.

13. Publicity

    Participation in the Contest constitutes consent to Sponsor's and 
its agents' use of the Contestant's name or codename (and, as 
applicable, those of all other members of the team that participated in 
the Submission) for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, 
without further payment or consideration. Furthermore, a Contestant's 
likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments, and/or hometown and 
state of residence (and, as applicable, those of all other members of 
the team that participated in the Submission) may be used if the 
Contestant provides consent.

14. General Conditions

    A. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the 
Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failure, or any 
other unanticipated factor or factors beyond Sponsor's control impairs 
the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by 
Sponsor at its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right at its 
sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Contestant that the 
Sponsor finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation 
of the Contest, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or 
in a manner that is inappropriate, not in the best interests of this 
Contest, or in violation of any applicable law or regulation.
    B. Any attempt by any person to undermine the proper functioning of 
the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should 
such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to take proper 
legal action, including, without limiting, referral to law enforcement, 
for any illegal or unlawful activities.
    C. The Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official 
Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Sponsor is 
not responsible for incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, lost, 
illegible, or incomprehensible Submissions or for address or email 
address changes of the Contestants. Proof of sending or submitting will 
not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.
    D. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the 
terms and conditions of the Official Rules and disclosures or other 
statements contained in any Contest materials, including but not 
limited to the Contest Web site or point of sale, television, print or 
online advertising, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules 
shall prevail.
    E. The Sponsor reserves the right, without liability, to amend the 
terms and conditions of the Official Rules at any time, including the 
rights or obligations of the Contestant and the Sponsor. The Sponsor 
will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Rules on the 
Contest Web site (``Corrective Notice''). As permitted by law, any 
amendment will become effective at the time the Sponsor posts the 
amended Official Rules.
    F. Excluding Submissions, all intellectual property related to this 
Contest, including but not limited to trademarks, trade-names, logos, 
designs, promotional materials, Web pages, source codes, drawings, 
illustrations, slogans, and representations are owned or used under 
license by the Sponsor. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying 
or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the 
express written consent of its owners is strictly prohibited.
    G. Should any provision of these Official Rules be or become 
illegal or unenforceable under applicable Federal law, such illegality 
or unenforceability shall leave the remainder of these Official Rules 
unaffected and valid. The illegal or unenforceable provision shall be 
replaced by a valid and enforceable provision that comes closest and 
best reflects the Sponsor's intention in a legal and enforceable manner 
with respect to the invalid or unenforceable provision.

15. Limitations of Liability

    By entering, all Contestants (including, in the case of a team, all 
participating members) agree to be bound by the Official Rules and 
hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in 
connection with the Prizes or Contestant's participation in the 
Contest, except for any claims against the Sponsor arising out of the 
unauthorized use or disclosure by the Sponsor of (1) the intellectual 
property of the participant beyond the authorized uses established in 
these rules, or (2) the trade secrets or confidential business 
information of the participant. Provided, however, that any liability 
limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of 
death or body injury, shall not be applicable in jurisdictions where 
such limitation is not legal.

16. Disputes

    A. Contestants agree that:
    (i) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out 
of or connected with this Contest, any Prizes awarded, the 
administration of the Contest, or the determination of Winners, shall 
be resolved individually;
    (ii) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out 
of or connected with this Contest, any Prizes awarded, the 
administration of the Contest, or the determination of Winners, shall 
be resolved pursuant to Federal law;

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    (iii) under no circumstances will Contestants be entitled to, and 
Contestants hereby waive, all rights to claim, any punitive, 
incidental, and consequential damages and any and all rights to have 
damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
    B. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, 
interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the 
rights and obligations of the Contestants and the Sponsor in connection 
with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance 
with, Federal law.

17. Privacy

    The Sponsor may collect personal information from you when you 
enter the Contest. Such personal information collected is subject to 
the privacy policy located here: http://www.ftc.gov/site-information/privacy-policy.

18. Contact Us

    Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the Contest 
Web site for further Contest information and updates.

Jessica Rich,
Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection.
[FR Doc. 2014-17553 Filed 7-24-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6750-01-P