The internet is like the ocean: it seems so open, so free. It feels a place where you can put up whatever digital property you want. But because you are free you also have the temptation to mess with what’s already there. Scariest part is you’re not the only one and not all resist temptation.
You find no better example than in hackers.
There’s been a little buzz about a sudden change to the Obamacare website (formally known as Healthcare.gov). Before, visitors to the website were greeted with the face of a smiling young lady.
Today, after the publicized disasters on the site’s functionality, the girl’s face is no longer there. What replaced her were four icons representing the different ways one could get coverage under the new Affordable Care Act.
This move didn’t go unnoticed (as evidenced by this Buzzfeed article) and many are still speculating as to what provoked the change (other than perhaps the site’s terrible performance during its rollout).
Make no mistake. This isn’t about whether Obamacare sucks or if Republicans should be blamed for the site crashes. This is simply about one more possible reason for Obamacare Girl’s sudden ‘disappearance.’