Code For America

Calling innovative young programmers for ideas about gov 2.0:

This January, a new organization called Code for America, with support from Yahoo, Microsoft, and others, will launch, aiming to leverage the idealism of a generation of young programmers, this time from within city hall. Modeled on Teach for America, it could not have arrived at a better time, given that budget deficits — half a billion dollars in L.A., nearly $655 million in Chicago, $3.8 billion in New York — are killing city services around the country. “This transcends political ideology,” says Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America’s founder. “One thing that people of different backgrounds can agree on is that government needs to get better.”

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