Obama Encourages Citizens to "Civic Hack"
January 23, 2013 1:24 PM
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We're guessing they're not advocating LulzSec 2.0, but the premise is nice
While the Obama administration has not always been on good terms with hackers, clashing with
groups like Anonymous and LulzSec
, it has maintained a strong verbal
push to promote technology and innovation
in the U.S. And while some would contend
are in fact
, the White House is having none of that, announcing its June 1-2, 2013 initiative dubbed the "
National Day of Civic Hacking
The White House
on its blog:
National Day of Civic Hacking is a call to action for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on their town, city, and country. A coalition of leading organizations, companies, and government agencies have banded together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens. These partners will support Civic Hacking Day by hosting activities across the country that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker community—whether you’re a newbie or an expert—and by connecting people in person or online during the weekend celebration.
The event is taking place in conjunction with
Random Hacks of Kindness
Code for America's
Brigade meetings and is being modeled after the
Super Happy Block Party. A number of Federal agencies, including NASA, the Census Bureau, and the Department of Labor, are participating by offering specific challenges for hackers to work during the event.
This is an opportunity for citizens in every town and city across the Nation to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve our society by cultivating an ecosystem for innovation and change. Activities are already being planned in Augusta, GA; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Lexington, KY; Oakland, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Tucson, AZ.
Now remember, this is the same administration that approved questionable charges to
send a security researcher to prison for five years
for exposing a gaping hole, which essentially left an open door to AT&T, Inc. (
iPad customers' records
. Such punishments don't necessarily jive with the White House's assertion that hackers have "long worked to improve our country and the world."
However, it's nice to see the White House recognizing the value of the hacking community. It should be interesting to see what kind of events get cooked up for June 1.
Events are occurring across the county. [Image Source: Hack for Change]
Just remember, "civic hacking" may earn you praise, but disclosure-type hacking often earns you condemnation. Even the
most responsible private-disclosures
often lead to repercussions. As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Of course such hacking has done a great job of helping protect everyone's security online by exposing and forcing companies to fix flaws that otherwise could have led to dangerous leaks of personal information. But to our hacker readers: tread softly and carry a big proxy.
To sign up for an event or volunteer to host one, visit
The White House
Hack For Change
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OBAMA, FEDS, ANONYMOUS BROTHERS IN CRIME
1/26/2013 3:06:27 AM
WHEN MARC BARRY IN HIS INTERVIEW TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH GOV TO BUILD A HUGE WAR ROOM. HE IS NOT JOKING.
THEY BROUGHT ALL THE ROBOTIC TOYS TO YOUR CHILDREN, THE COMPUTER GAMES ETC. TO GET THEM READY FOR THE REAL WORLD WAR. THE DRONES.
The U.S. Drone War in North Waziristan isn’t precise or surgical. It kills hundreds of innocents, including women, and atleast 176 children. The stress endured by civilian Pakistanis creates psychiatric disorders. This policy creates more terrorists more terrorists than it kills, ruins the lives of thousands of innocent people while killing hundreds of innocents. It is cowardly, immoral and illegal.
Sources: The Atlantic, Wikipedia, Salon, Center for Civilians in Conflict,
Indefinite Detentions & ExtraordinaryRenditions
Passed on December 31, the NDAA continues the tradition the unconstitutional Patriot-Act and grants essentially dictatorial powers to the Federal Government to arrest any American Citizen without warrant and to indefinitely detain them without charge. The NDAA violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments, and most of the Bill of Rights.
THEY ARE THE TERRORISTS, THE HITLERS, THE KKK. THEY MEAN EVIL FOR US AND POP THE ARMIES WILL COME IN TO PICK US UP. THESE ARE THE RULERS OF DARKNESS. THEY CRAWLED FROM THE PIT TO MISLEAD THE NATIONS SO WE SIN AGAINST GOD AND END UP IN THE SAME PIT THEY WILL SUFFER FOR ETERNITY.
ONE OF THEIR ANONYMOUS DEMONS WROTE ME ON ONE OF THE SITES. GET OFF MY INTERNET, STOP WRITING. HIS INTERNET?
YA NOW IT BECAME THEIRS BECAUSE THEY ARE IN EVERYONES PHONES AND COMPUTERS AND WORKING ON THE DRONES.
BE CAREFUL THEY ARE EVIL GANGSTERS DO NOT TRUST THEIR GAMES.
YES, THEY TOOK OVER ALL, EVEN OUR PHONE LINES.
BUT DO WE NEED ALL THE JUNK TO LIVE. NO IF WE HAVE TO WE GRAB THEM ALL, PUT THEM ALL IN JAIL AND WE CAN BARTER, GO BACK TO BASIS IF WE HAVE TO. IN UNITY WE ALL HELP EACH OTHER AND SURVIVE. THEY SHOULD NOT KEEP RUNNING OUR COUNTRIES.
PEOPLE, PEOPLE WAKE UP. DARKNESS IS TRYING TO OVERTAKE US. REACT. COMMAND THEY BE CAST DOWN, THEY ARE RULERS OF DARKNESS IN HIGH PLACES. WE DO NOT FIGHT FLESH AND BLOOD. THESE ARE SATANS WORKERS.
YOU KNOW THE TRUTH, AGENCIES, GOVERNMENTS, NEWSPAPERS RECEIVED COMPLAINTS WORLDWIDE . AFTER SO MANY YEARS, WE ARE WAITING FOR JUDGEMENT. ALL IN THE EARTH ARE TRICKED BY THE AUTHORITIES BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN ALTERNATE PLAN TO DESTROY US, PUT US IN BONDAGE, IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS, FORCED LABOUR, GAS CHAMBERS.
PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WAKE UP. THEY NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM RULING THE WORLD. THEY NEED TO BE CAST DOWN INTO THE PIT WHERE THEY CRAWLED OUT OF. THEY ARE OF AN EXTREME EVILNESS AS WAS NEVER SEEN ON THE EARTH.
WE DO NOT WRESTLE FLESH AND BLOOD BUT WICKED DEVILS THAT CRAWLED RIGHT OUT OF THE PIT OF HELL TO BRING DARKNESS ON THE EARTH.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." -Voltaire
THESE GANGSTERS ARE PURE EVIL. THEY ARE SATANISTS
THAT ROBBED OUR TRILLIONS AND NOW THEY WANT TO OVERTAKE US.
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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