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A team at a hackathon held in November at Sacramento's Hacker Lab. Courtesy: Stephane Come

 

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What's the Value of Personal Data?

Hacktivists advocate power of public and personal data at nationwide civic hacking event.

 

Amid growing concerns about how corporations and government use people's data, nearly 10,000 "hackivists" are gathering this weekend in an attempt to put the power of data in the hands of individuals. If these self-proclaimed civic hackers succeed, people will begin to see their personal data as invaluable to decision making and daily life, not just as a way for advertisers to target them.

 

The National Day of Civic Hacking event is backed by the White House and organized by Hack for Change with local coordination at 95 different spots in cities across the country. The high-minded goal is to democratize access to data and build understanding of how public and personal data can be combined to solve everyday problems such as finding childcare or eldercare, education, transportation services and disaster recovery.

 

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Taken on May 30, 2013