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

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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.

  • Alex

    Free Bradley Manning and give him the Medal of Honor he has so righteously earned!

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    Does anyone else see this as extremely odd?? “Perhaps if the government ever stops prosecuting whistle-blowers and information leakers, it will begin giving them awards”. Don’t these “hackers” in this article realize that the Govt. is just blowing its own horn? Are they that stupid? Obviously!! If these people are civic hackers, then Snowdon is a “patriotic” hacker and should be praised for confirming what millions of Americans wondered. Is Big Brother spying on our every move? And that the Mosques are not being spied on at all? Our government is promoting “Discrimination”! Get them all out of office in 2014!
    WE ARE BEING SOLD OUT BY OUR GOVERNMENT!!
    LET’S TAKE IT BACK IN 2014!

    • me

      The uncaring are going to have to vote to get that. The uncaring are something like two thirds of the population. These types will cry the loudest when everything we have is lost. Common uncaring, get out and vote to get this country back. they don’t seem to realize the vote beats the buck. It’s about all we have left.

      • $8012302

        This must be the cry of every patriotic person in this nation, A vote for constitutional freedom is a vote against slavery under a tyrannical government. quote “Get out and vote to get this country back” That will make a good bumper sticker.

    • $8012302

      We were sold out when this administration came to power.
      Spying on our neighbor is a Marxist trait brought forward by community organizers whishing to over overpower those who apposed them and guess who primarily a profession community organizer. They are. exploiting our young to inform on their elders was used in Germany , Russia, the USSR, China and most of the other Marxist/Communist dominated countries around the world. Well they have come out into the open rewarding them now with national praise.

  • Warrior

    The ultimate “hack” award was presented last Nov.

    • hungry4food

      I have noticed that Verizon is Buying huge amounts of Air time on Fox
      News , so they will shut them up about reporting much on this NSA Spying
      scandal I bet !!

  • elda

    Oh if this is not a set up I will eat my pet. This is an effort to expose those that have risked everything for the rest of us. It is a creepy idea to give an award to people Obama would rather send a drone for. The fact is Biden is the biggest all time leaker and he does not need a award…..but rather the big boot.

  • squeeze127

    Something major wrong with that Snowden issue! How does a high school drop-out get a Top Secret w/ Crypto Access Clearance? How does someone without the “need to know” get that Top Secret info? How does he get a thumb drive into position to download material? Why is this material not encrypted? How can we know where UBL is but no idea where Snowden is? Too many questions on this one, he had to have inside help! This doesn’t even pass the smell test and this picture is out of focus, everyone has red eyes, and the color is all wrong! What is going on?

    • ONTIME

      From other released sources and other intel agencies Snowden was a activist and was a plant who was there to specifically steal information. So now we ask, who was he working for and who helped him get this contract job? Follow the money……
      There is a lot of evolving info on this guy but our own NSA could not seem to find it to prevent this guy from wreaking havoc…

  • ONTIME

    Snowden is not a hacker, he worked under a government contract and stole information to sell to another country at the highest bid…he is by the very definition a traitor. Another definitive mistake by the jackkass who released this statement….

  • http://www.LuckyLuxtonAffiliateMarketing.com/ Keith “Lucky” Luxton

    Hacking is a crime!!!! I know a lot of people regard it as fun, and love to destroy other peoples hard work. But that Libturd in the White house is offering an award for good hackers. What sort of Award has he got planned for most Heinous murderer? How About highest amount stolen in a single burglary? He is totally unbelievable

  • chrisnj

    This is nothing more than a ruse to create a registry of the most talented hackers – either for future recruitment against their fellow citizens, or to round up as part of the list of “usual suspects” if they don’t play ball.
    What do you think the now-forgotten lawsuit against Microsoft’s position as a “monopoly” (of its own product) was all about?