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White House Offers ‘Civic Hacking’ Award As Hackers, Whistle-Blowers Continue To Be Skewered

June 28, 2013 by  

In honor of the National Day of Civic Hacking earlier this month, 22 government organizations, including the White House, NASA and the Peace Corps, provided data to a group of tech-savvy hackers with the goal of finding novel uses for the data sets. Now, Federal officials are calling on the public to nominate hackers throughout the Nation to be considered for a White House Champion of Change for Civic Hacking award if their work was done for the greater good of the public.

A statement from the White House Office of Science and Technology policy:

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Here are a few suggestions: Pfc. Bradley Manning, Andrew “Weev” Aurenheimer, Aaron Schwartz and, of course, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

These individuals, and many others, may have not all been involved in “hacking” in the traditional sense; but all of them have used technology to provide Americans with valuable information and, more importantly, affirmation that new technologies give individuals the power to challenge even the most powerful institutions.

Perhaps if the government ever stops prosecuting whistle-blowers and information leakers, it will begin giving them awards.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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