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Let In The Sunshine

The Sunlight Foundation — building on one of its own contests and similar efforts by Vivek Kunda, the District of Columbia’s effervescent tech czar — is sponsoring a competition to build open source apps with raw government data (API data dumps). Appropriately, the contest is called “Apps For America” and aims to create applications which allow average citizens to engage with the often intimidating amount of federal data. In theory, this could help rein in elected officials who hide behind the federal government’s giant web of money and special interests. By crowdsourcing the work with a contest, the foundation can also cheaply produce what would cost thousands of dollars with a technology contract. Let it shine.

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  1. Internet & Democracy Blog » “Apps For America” Announces Winners Says:

    […] in January, I reported on an innovative new contest called Apps For America being sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation. […]