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Home Features Building, not breaking: when hackers are let loose in government
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PEOPLEMalcolm Turnbull, Pia Waugh
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Communications and the Arts
TAGS 2014 GovHack, GovHack, e-government, Department of Communications and the Arts, Malcolm Turnbull, Pia Waugh, Hacker, Computer programming, Hacking, Computing, Open data
Hacking is about building stuff, not breaking into stuff. And with that the nation’s best hackers went to work putting government data to good use. The Mandarin joined in.
By all accounts, the recent GovHack was a triumph. More than 1300 hackers — about a third more than last year — logged on in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Ballarat, Mt Gambier, Cairns and the Gold Coast.
Participants raved about how much they loved the government-sponsored hackathon, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull got to spruik the Coalition’s open data credentials, and the organisers got a decent chance to promote the value of open data in the local and national media as well. That is, in the time left after patiently explaining what “hacking” really means.
“Hacking is about building stuff, not breaking into stuff,” clarified GovHack lead organiser Pia Waugh, when asked by ABC News 24 journalist Tony Eastley whether “white-hat hackers” used the same methods as the nefarious “black-hat hackers”.
In fact, the hacker subculture pre-dates the term’s use to describe what those in the know, like Waugh, call “cracking”. Hacking roughly equates to thinking laterally, and it’s proven a very successful approach for computer programmers over the years.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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