Richard Verstegan 5 a.m., March 12
Government "Hack Day" in San Diego
USA.gov, the federal government’s official web portal, is sponsoring a “hack day” for its recently launched 1.USA.gov. Along with operations in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, local consultants Measured Voice will be hosting an event here in San Diego from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
1.USA.gov is a program created in partnership with bitly, a service that converts lengthy website addresses into a shorter form more easily shared with others. Unlike other bitly links beginning with “bit.ly,” government links from .gov or .mil addresses start “1.usa.gov,” which is intended to make them easily recognizable as trustworthy.
Per the Measured Voice website, “(t)he 1.USA.gov Hack Day is designed to encourage coders, entrepreneurs, and curious citizens to come together and explore the data created by 1.USA.gov and discover new ways to use it.” Information collected and available for review includes data on the locations of users, their web browsers, and times they access information, but the group states no personal information that could be used to track individual users is shared.
Data available on the developer resources page will allow coders to create tools to track what types of government data is being accessed, whether different types of information are more popular in certain regions, and how the data flows as it’s shared around the globe. More information on Measured Voice’s participation is available here.
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