Theft-based civic hacking: a
review




Stefan Magdalinski
Saturday 16th January 2010
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Civic Hacking:

Fixing democracy by using
democracy’s own existing,
broken, rules.




                            2
1998: UpMyStreet.com




                       3
Tribute!




           4
2000: FaxYourMP.com




                      5
2005: WriteToThem.com




                        6
2005: WriteToThem.com League Tables




                                      7
2004: TheyWorkForYou.com




                           8
2004: The Official Hansard




                             9
A debate, done properly




                          10
Slice and Dice and All Things Nice




                                     11
2008 WhatDoTheyKnow.com – FOIA Filer & Archiver




                                             12
2005 FarmSubsidy.org




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Farmsubsidy.org Results




    By 2010 full transparency on all
   end recipients of EU farm, fisheries
        & infrast...
Farmsubsidy.org Results




    By 2010 full transparency on all
   end recipients of EU farm, fisheries
        & infrast...
Recipe for Theft-Based Activism:

    1.   Identify broken civic institution
    2.   Liberate data from said institution
...
Results


   Licensing:

   Ask forgiveness, not permission?




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Results


   Licensing:

   Ask forgiveness, not permission?

    No! the correct response is
    ‘Go F**k Yourself!’

   ...
Question:

What online democratic tools are there
in RSA, and what do you need?




                                 17
Thank You
stefan@whitelabel.org
http://www.twitter.com/smagdali




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    1. 1. Theft-based civic hacking: a review Stefan Magdalinski Saturday 16th January 2010 1
    2. 2. Civic Hacking: Fixing democracy by using democracy’s own existing, broken, rules. 2
    3. 3. 1998: UpMyStreet.com 3
    4. 4. Tribute! 4
    5. 5. 2000: FaxYourMP.com 5
    6. 6. 2005: WriteToThem.com 6
    7. 7. 2005: WriteToThem.com League Tables 7
    8. 8. 2004: TheyWorkForYou.com 8
    9. 9. 2004: The Official Hansard 9
    10. 10. A debate, done properly 10
    11. 11. Slice and Dice and All Things Nice 11
    12. 12. 2008 WhatDoTheyKnow.com – FOIA Filer & Archiver 12
    13. 13. 2005 FarmSubsidy.org 13
    14. 14. Farmsubsidy.org Results By 2010 full transparency on all end recipients of EU farm, fisheries & infrastructure subsidies 14
    15. 15. Farmsubsidy.org Results By 2010 full transparency on all end recipients of EU farm, fisheries & infrastructure subsidies ~ $100 billion/year 14
    16. 16. Recipe for Theft-Based Activism: 1. Identify broken civic institution 2. Liberate data from said institution 3. Build civic tools that are too useful to turn off 4. Leave with citizens for x years 5. Watch said institution reform 6. Doesn't necessarily need lots of users/money 15
    17. 17. Results Licensing: Ask forgiveness, not permission? 16
    18. 18. Results Licensing: Ask forgiveness, not permission? No! the correct response is ‘Go F**k Yourself!’ - this data is our right. 16
    19. 19. Question: What online democratic tools are there in RSA, and what do you need? 17
    20. 20. Thank You stefan@whitelabel.org http://www.twitter.com/smagdali 18
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