Projects To Hack On – At A Hackathon Or At Home


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This is the Hackathon starter page for November 9, 2019

Start Here at this gitter, if you’re not sure which project you want to work on yet :) (link goes to a general chat window for asking questions :)

Note that we’ll have a VR Museum working in VR Chat and you can write us at to get the link ;)

Note that you will need a github or gitlab or Twitter account to access the gitter chats below.

  1. SecureDrop (Programming) (gitter chat)
  2. Open Source Ecology (Maysville, MO) (gitter chat)
  3. OpenArchive (User Testing & Writing/Research) (gitter chat )
  4. Open Library (User Testing, Programming, Writing/Research) (gitter chat)
  5. Internet Archive Experiments (Programming, User Testing, Writing/Research) (gitter chat)
  6. #ASDPSP – Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project Surveillance Journalism Project! (Writing/Research) (gitter chat)
  7. RSS News Reader Revival (Programming, Writing, Research) (gitter chat)
  8. Internet Archive APIs  (gitter chat)
  9. Swartz-Manning VR Museum (gitter chat)
  10. The Society Library (gitter chat)
  11. Your great project here!


SecureDrop is an open-source privacy-focused submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation and originally created by Kevin Poulsen and Aaron Swartz.  The goal of SecureDrop is to help media organizations simplify the process of securely accepting documents from anonymous sources. Dozens of news organizationsincluding:  The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Vice, The Guardian, AP, The Intercept, BuzzFeed and Forbes, are now running SecureDrop servers to communicate securely with sources.

Pursuance Project

Fundamentally, the Pursuance System software enables you to create a pursuance (which is a sort of organization), invite people to that pursuance (with the level of permissions and privileges that you choose), assign those people tasks (manually, or automatically based on their skill set!), brainstorm and discuss what needs to be done, rapidly record exciting ideas or strategies in an actionable format (namely as tasks), share files and documents, be notified when
relevant events occur (e.g., you are assigned a task or mentioned), and effectively get help from others.


OpenArchive is a free, open source application for android, available on the Google Play Store that enables you to send your mobile media directly to the Internet Archive over Tor (Orbot), and choose what metadata and Creative Commons license to include with it. The primary goal of the app is to empower the user to easily archive photos, video and audio from their mobile device to a secure, trustworthy, and remote storage service.

Open Library

The Open Library was created by Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive, to provide a web page for every book.


Aletheia is a decentralised open access scientific journal. Think of it as a peer to peer (P2P) publishing platform and database all rolled into one.

Internet Archive Experiments

A showcase of community made experiments built with data and services from

#ASDPSP – Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project

In order to confirm the existence of surveillance equipment by law enforcement, the public has to file information requests that ask explicitly for each piece of equipment. In most cities, law enforcement is not even required to have a policy regarding the usage of surveillance equipment or the public disclosure of that usage. Police Departments will never be required to have a policy on the purchase and use of surveillance equipment unless there is public outcry for them to do so. So, let’s get organized and systematic about generating as much pubic outcry as we can. :-)

The Society Library

The Society Library’s mission is to archive and contextualize humanity’s ideas, ideologies, and world-views to present to the public in sincere inquiry after truth, understanding, and education. Our mission is an educational one, therefore we aim to be objective by processing information through an inter-coded content analysis platform to detect and defend against our potential bias as we systematically identify, organize, and present information in the library.

The Society Library’s current project, the Great American Debate, maps the over 170 debate positions about climate change in the United States.

November 13, 2021 (Online)