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"We the People" API To Be Released

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the programming-the-people dept.

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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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Yippe more noise for the WH to ignore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811261)

Let's start a petition that they stop wasting tax money on this pointless joke!

Re:Yippe more noise for the WH to ignore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811389)

Yeah that's been done [huffingtonpost.com] .

You're so, like, subversive.

CODE LEAKED (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#42811695)

function process_petition($num_votes)
{
if ($num_votes>=30000)
    {
    $response=make_polite("Fuck You");
    return $response;
    }
else
    {
    return NULL;
    }
}

//this is actually all of the code except the make_polite function and some HTTP request handling

Re:CODE LEAKED (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42812329)

$num_votes>=30000
should be
$num_votes>=100000

Your code leak is currently wrong because they changed it to 100000 recently.

It still doesn't change the response when the threshold is reached.

Re:CODE LEAKED (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42812977)

Stop hard coding values that should be determined at run time.

I'll wait for the WH to release (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811287)

the set-theoretic "More Perfect Union" API.

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year and a half ago | (#42811323)

Does this API propose a "disunion" feature ?

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811521)

No, but that's expected to be in the competing API that Gov Perry is working on.

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (0)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#42812125)

If you weren't so damn stupid and selfish, you might be able to take the time to find out this has to do with accessing the petition information at the white house. If you can be bothered to take the time away from you cheesy poof eating, rote response life and create a petition to disunion.
I know, creating and doing something is all scary and new to you.

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year and a half ago | (#42814591)

Now this is funny and remarkable, Sir. You appear, here in my Slashdot GUI, with the green-red sign of "foe of a friend". Now, whose foe you may be, I do not care. Yet, you are in danger of becoming my enemy for playing an argument ad hominem , which is absolutely not done in a discussion between polite adults.

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (1)

Bigby (659157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42812259)

What about the "Right to Abolish Government" API? It paraphrases legalese...

Re:I'll wait for the WH to release (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42812395)

None of you could handle such an API, so don't worry about it.

Self-refernetial use ? (3, Interesting)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year and a half ago | (#42811333)

So one could theoretically, through this very API, gather signatures for this API to be discontinued ?

Re:Self-refernetial use ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42816849)

Yo dawg, reddit. We call dat shit META! lawlllol

Who knows.... (1)

3seas (184403) | about a year and a half ago | (#42811347)

...maybe we can get more signers for another death star petition...or similiar silliness.

Re:Who knows.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811803)

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 petition...it was perfectly normal.

We the People (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811417)

... don't give a frak...

Intentions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811505)

Perhaps it's the intention of the Petitions and API and extension of this whole thing specifically to subvert the privacy of those who may be opposed to the administration's policies.

A bit conspiratorial, I know, but hey... what better way to find out who your friends and enemies are than to have them tell you. And since you have to give some of your information away, identification becomes trivial in most cases.

Just sayin'....

Privacy? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811547)

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.

Some good ones going right now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811629)

bring Riquelme back to the Boca Juniors squad
change this fine nation's anthem to the theme of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (and the home of the Bronys)
Make Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Ed DeMarco personally call 10 underwater homeowners a day
Establish Lunar New Year as a National Holiday. Give it the same importance and weight as the other cultural holidays. (gung hay fat choy bitches)
PLEASE HELP ME ABOUT VISA I NEED VISA FOR MEET WITH MY GIRLFRIEND ! Regards from TURKEY
Require that all Civilian Firearms be Painted Pink (Or add penis measurement to the permit application process)
Make Dance Education a Right of Every Child at any level of schooling. (And if they don't dance Well they're no friends of mine.)
Force change in the Social Security Disability standards and process for those suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (The shit is about to hit the fan)
Provide Military Service Animals the Dignity of a Soldiers Burial (Now we will paws and observe a moment of silence)
The President should pick a date of his choosing and declare that day as "Gun Appreciation Day"
Grant Kennedy Center Honors to William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols. (Caus fuck James Doohan thats why)

Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#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.

Re:Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (4, Interesting)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year and a half ago | (#42813023)

I really like this idea. All commits would be digitally signed and anyone can clone the repository.

Re:Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (-1, Offtopic)

turauqar (2834797) | about a year and a half ago | (#42813749)

http://www.cloud65.com/ [cloud65.com] like William responded I cannot believe that a person can make $9860 in 1 month on the computer. did you see this webpage

Re:Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42813153)

Not bad!

Re:Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42813187)

I'd like to see all bills source controlled...

This idea is worth a petition...

Re:Nevermind APIs for silly things.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42813305)

genius

How about (3, Insightful)

sunking2 (521698) | about a year and a half ago | (#42811849)

Releasing a budget instead. I'm not taking sides, but it is at least their job to present something.

Re:How about (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#42812141)

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 (3, Informative)

schneidafunk (795759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42812581)

I believe this is the API the GP is looking for, which is for congress: govtrack.us [govtrack.us]

Re:How about (0)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#42812779)

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 DC.

Re:How about (1)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year and a half ago | (#42813199)

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.

Re:How about (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#42814109)

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.

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42812787)

... which won't happen until everything is broken and the republicans can blame their hindering everything on the dems.

You mean: until there is no choice to blame everything on the dems, due to the poor leadership and lack of responsibility in fiscal matters -- especially a balanced approach with compromise in mind.

It would be fun to go on for hours, but there is no one to blame anymore but the dems, and we're far far far worse off than we were 5 years ago

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42814191)

The general pattern for the big picture items, the grunts are typically waiting for executive direction before they can proceed. Executive and legislator work capacity (ie time for reading, drafting documents, and meetings) is a binding constraint for government processes.

Captcha is autocrat.

Re:How about (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year and a half ago | (#42814627)

You, Sir, must be either high on THC or drunk, or both.

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42816085)

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

I'm not usually a grammar nazi, but that hurt my head to read.

YUO FAIL IT!? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42811951)

which allo3s [goat.cx]

biZnat3h (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42812165)

Re:biZnat3h (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42813243)

These spams are still here? Pseudo-randomly generated text with references often to BSD or GNAA. Link is to goat.cx. In topic there is usually something like "you fail it" or "mod down". Who maintains the system that sends these? Spooky!

3... 2... 1... (2)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#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.

We the people (1)

superwiz (655733) | about a year and a half ago | (#42816367)

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

A Useless API for a Useless Website.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42817259)

That website is completely useless.

Any petition for anything of substance gets immediately denied..

And now they want to make an API for it?

seriously, save the money for a better project ..
i want my god damn death star!!

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