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"We the People" API To Be Released 42

Kwyj1b0 writes "The Whitehouse plans to open up the APIs to its 'We the People' initiative. The first set of Read APIs (allowing anyone to read data on petitions) will be released in March 2013. In addition, selected people will be invited to attend the White House Open Data Day Hackathon on February 22nd. Write APIs will follow, allowing people to extend petition capabilities to their own sites. Privacy, of course, should be an important concern that needs to be addressed."
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"We the People" API To Be Released

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  • by vikingpower ( 768921 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:41PM (#42811333) Homepage Journal
    So one could theoretically, through this very API, gather signatures for this API to be discontinued ?
  • ...maybe we can get more signers for another death star petition...or similiar silliness.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      With any new communications technology, the first few messages are usually trivial crap.

      The first phonorecord was a nursery rhyme. The first telephone call was "Dude, come check this out". The first telegraph was "How epic is this shit?". The first email was "This is an email"

      It doesn't take long for the novelty to wear off. Don't be dismayed by the Death Star was perfectly normal.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I think the editors are confusing petitions with voting. Petition and their signatures are supposed to be public. Non-repudiation is crucial to how they work.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @03:00PM (#42811635)

    I'd like to see all bills source controlled... GIT being the obvious best choice. I want every line.. every change to be documented as to who wrote it and when with the full repo being publicly readable.

  • How about (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sunking2 ( 521698 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @03:14PM (#42811849)
    Releasing a budget instead. I'm not taking sides, but it is at least their job to present something.
    • Re:How about (Score:5, Insightful)

      by geekoid ( 135745 ) <> on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @03:34PM (#42812141) Homepage Journal

      How about you realize thier is more then one agency, and they do more then one thing at a time?

      The people doing this have nothing to do with the budget; which won't happen until everything is broken and the republicans can blame their hindering everything on the dems.

      • Mod parent up (Score:4, Informative)

        by schneidafunk ( 795759 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @04:06PM (#42812581)
        I believe this is the API the GP is looking for, which is for congress: []
      • Or that the mere publication of this API and the support for the websites costs the taxpayer over $20M/year for a social website that essentially they could get for free on Facebook? Let's face it "We the People" is a lip service brought to you by the great "Do Nothing, Spend us into a hole" leadership. I find it funny that when one party says "Let's party likes it's 1999" and the other says "Who's going to pay for all of this?" that the rest of us who voted for them wonder why nothing ever gets done in D

        • Which party is the "Who's going to pay for all of this?" party? From what I have seen. both major parties want to keep on spending us in a hole. The only difference is at what rate, who benefits in the mean time, and whose money do we take first.
          • At the present time that would be the Republicans but yes it flip flops because when the opposition is in the White House the fiscal conservancy reigns from the opposing party.

      • You, Sir, must be either high on THC or drunk, or both.
  • by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @04:17PM (#42812713)

    News of the future:

    Today a 21 year old computer science student was arrested by the FBI for violations of the Computer Abuse and Fraud Act for accessing unpublished areas of the website. The student's attorney has flatly denied the allegations and has said that the student merely reported that the API was vulnerable to buffer overruns and he could obtain private information about other users of the API merely by accessing the website in a certain way.

    The University has said that they are forwarding this onto their academic standards review committee for further disciplinary action, which means that the student may be expelled for these actions as well.

  • demand China trade free. People speak. We do. China not hackers. China high quality everything. Thank you!

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