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Code for America

It's not enough anymore for young web designers and computer programmers in the US to merely complain about local government. Now they actually want to DO something to make it better. "Code for America" is an initiative that originated in San Francisco.

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Web programmers, designers and other IT-professionals are teaming up to help local government officials find practical solutions to their problems. New programs and apps could, for example, help improve access to some government services. The main focus will be on making local government more user-friendly. The IT experts who are involved in the initiative have taken an eleven-month leave of absence from their regular jobs. They receive a small expense allowance, which is financed by donations.