Code for America Summit 2014 Goes Off the Record?

Neither tweets nor coverage was prohibited, but but the live stream of the summit went off the air.

by / September 23, 2014

It's day one of the Code for America summit being held Sept. 23-25 in San Francisco, and less than two hours in, attendees were asked not to tweet. 

At the beginning of the session, "Fireside Chat: What We Learned from Healthcare.Gov," the MC made a request: that no one tweet or cover the talk due to its sensitive nature, allowing Mikey Dickerson and Jini Kim, members of the team assembled to repair the website after launch, to speak freely about what happened during the fiasco. The MC did not, however, prohibit tweets or coverage -- but the live stream of the summit went off the air. 

The result? A firestorm of tweets, some of which expressed frustration:

Others that were respectful:

And some that simply stated the gist of the talk:

On the whole, it seems attendees were pleased with the talk -- and it's too bad the off-the-record request was made. But there was a reason for it, Code for America says:



Editor's note: This story was updated at 8:55 a.m. on Sept. 24 to include the tweet from Code for America.