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Greening the Internet with Apps for the Environment

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking for apps for the environment.

A contest on the U.S. government's Challenge.gov platform, Apps for the Environment, offers a trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to meet EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson — I know! Get excited! — as grand prize. But that's not the interesting bit. The interesting bit is that the EPA has pulled out the stops to get developers to build applications using their data. An introductory video enthusiastically reiterates that developers keep the rights to whatever they build. An EPA developers landing page includes possible apps and data sets that might be worth using.

Today — later this afternoon, in fact — O'Reilly Media's Alex Howard will moderate a webinar for developers featuring Sunlight Labs' Jeremy Carbaugh and Michaela Hackner, of Apps for America2 winning entrant ForumOne.

The last day to enter the contest is Sept. 16.

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Scary Monsters

Facebook opens up about its experiments on tweaking voting behavior; breaking news in the FCC net neutrality battle; getting hard data on civic tech's impact on political efficacy; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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