Hacker Converts Amazon Dash Into ACLU Donation Device

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After becoming frustrated over President Trump’s executive orders, computer programmer Nathan Pryor took matters into his own hands and coded an Amazon Dash Button to donate $5 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with every touch of the button. 

Pryor told reporters that a friend gave him the idea: “It was my friend Katherine who made the comment ‘I wish there was an ACLU Dash Button I could push to donate anytime I read about the latest offense from Trump.'”

NBC News reports:

Pryor, who started work on the coding script on Jan. 30, said the project was actively donating to the ACLU by 11 o’clock that night. He printed out an ACLU logo and glued it onto the button, and it was ready to go.

Amazon Dash is a tiny WIFI-enabled consumer device that is designed to be linked to a specific household product to make re-ordering as easy as the push-of-a-button. For example, press the button placed near your washer to submit an order for more laundry detergent or one on your refrigerator to order more coffee.

Since it’s inception, many hackers have found new and inventive ways to re-purpose the Dash button, including coding it to control lights or track work hours. Amazon even released a developer kit and a customizable “Internet of Things” button called the AWS IoT, says the report.

Pryor’s dash button is the first of its kind that donates to a charitable cause. He reportedly has pressed it enough times to have donated about $30 in one week in response to his frustration over Trump’s policies.

When asked by reporters the reasons he pressed the button so many times that week, he said, “The biggest issue for me so far has been the immigration orders.” He added, “To me, that one crosses the line into unconstitutional territory, rather than being just a disagreement about policy.”

He believes his idea could provide “great feedback” to non-profit organizations.

“If 10,000 people pushed to donate within 10 minutes of a policy announcement, while another announcement brought only a trickle through the day, the organization would have a new perspective on what mattered to its donors,” Pryor said.

The video below advocates demonstrating “resistance” to Trump’s administration by hitting the button to donate to ACLU every time you disagree with his policies or tweets.

H/T: NBC News

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