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
1/26/2013 3:41:39 AM
THEY CONTINUE TO USE THEIR CROOKED POWER OVER US. I AM ASHAMED THAT THEY TRICKED US AND MADE US BELIEVE CONGRESS HAD OUR INTEREST AT HEART. TRICKSTERS, DEVILS. TO PLAY WITH US LIKE THAT WHEN THEY CONTROL AND OWN CONGRESS.
"I'm warning you America. You better get rid of them neo cons. That's the synagogue of Satan. They have made America weak. You're a weak nation now, and your country has been taken from you by the synagogue of Satan. They own congress. That's why the congress ain't right."
YES, WE ARE STUPID. WE ARE BEING CONTINUALLY TRICKED AND BECAUSE OUR WATERS ARE FULL OF DRUGS WE SNORE WITH THEIR FAIRY TALES WHILE THEY INSTALL THEMSELVES TO BRING THE BIGGEST NIGHTMARE ON US AND HIDE ALL THEIR TRICKERY, MURDERS, ROBBERY, GANGSTERS IN HIDING.
PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRESIDENT EVIL LIKE BUSH AND CLINTON.
THE NEWS ARE OWNED BY THEM SO THEY SING MORE LIES AND THEY CAN TAKE THEIR MONETARY SYSTEM AND PUT IT UP THEIR BUTTS. WHO NEEDS IT. TAKE YOUR MONEY OUT OF THEIR BANKS BEFOR THEY SHUT THEM. THEY ALREADY INSTALLED A REMOTE SYSTEM IN THE BANKS AND TREASURIES. KABOUM ALL IS SHUT, NO ELECTRICITY, NO FOOD, NO ESCAPE, THE DRONES WILL SHOOT YOU AS THEY SPRAY DRUGS AND RAYS TO ZOMBIE US AND WELCOME TO HELL ON EARTH. THE BIGGEST COMPUTER GAME THAT EVER EXISTED AND THE CONTROLS ARE SATANISTS, ILLUMINATIS THAT HATE OUR GUTS AND THINK WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF OUR BREAD. PERISH AND DIE IN TORTURE.
OBAMA EVEN TRIED TO PASS A LAW TO FORBID US TO GROW OUR OWN FOOD.
MISLEADING US AND SLOWLY BUT SURELY TRAPPING US INTO THEIR CAGES OF HELL. THEY ARE ALL TRICKSTERS TO SUDDENLY ZAP THE CARPET FROM UNDER YOUR FEET.
THE FEDS, OBAMA, ANONYMOUS PLAY THE MERRY GO ROUND . When obama is attacked, the feds get the upper hand and suddenly anonymous is against obama and when its against the feds. the merry merry merry go round gies on and on. THE DECEIVERS DEVILS ARE PLAYING TO CONTROL US.AGAIN, THEY PLAY AND ANONYMOUS TRICKSTERS ARE DOING NOW LIKE THEY ARE AGAINST OBAMA TO TRICK US AND MAKE US THINK THEY ARE NOT RELATED. TRICKSTERS, TRICKSTERS. LIES, LIES, LIES. WHAT GARBAGE, NO MORE FEEDING US YOUR DEVILISH CONTROLLING GARBAGE. WE ARE NOT WATCHING CINDERELLA ANYMORE, WE ACT NOW. THE FEDS MAKE US BELIEVE THEY ARE TAKING OVER AND CONTROLLING OBAMA. IT IS ALL TRICKERY. DO NOT GET TAKEN IN BY THE GAMES. NOW ANONYMOUS IS AGAINST OBAMA BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO GRAB ANONYMOUS FOR THEIR WICKEDNESS. THEY PLAY A GOOD GAME BUT GOD DOES NOT PLAY.
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