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:
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.