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Upcoming Hackathon to Investigate Influence of EU Lobbyists

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, October 25 2012

The Open Knowledge Foundation and the European Journalism Centre are hosting a hackathon aimed at creating tools that will make the influence of EU lobbyists more transparent. Open Interests Europe will take place in London at the Google Campus Cafe on November 24-25.

From the website:

How EU money is spent is an issue that concerns everyone who pays taxes to the EU. As the influence of Brussels lobbyists grows, it is increasingly important to draw the connections between lobbying,
policy-making and funding. Journalists and activists need browsable databases, tools and platforms to investigate lobbyists’ influence and where the money goes in the EU. Join us and help build these tools!

The Open Knowledge Foundation also provided the impetus for OpenSpending, a site that makes it easier to search data on government spending worldwide.

Follow Twitter hashtag #oi12 for updates on the upcoming hackathon.

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