Hacking for Good

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Hacking groups like Anonymous have gained notoriety for breaking into the websites and databases of corporations and governments. Chinese hackers have been accused of stealing intellectual property from the U.S. government and businesses.

But not all hacking is quite as secretive or sinister.

There are now education hackathons, sustainability hackathons, even Sandy recovery hackathons

This week New Tech City tackles the growing trend of civic hackathons where teams of programmers collaborate to solve problems plaguing local government by creating new software or apps in just a few hours or a weekend. 

As WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, price-gouging at bodegas in Newark was one of three problems participants took on at one such hackathon run by the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.  (If you've participated in a hackathon, take our survey!)

Plus, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with the Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield about the future of the password: Biometrics? A pill? Maybe a physical key?

This is an extended podcast of New Tech CityYou can listen to the broadcast version every Wednesday morning at 5:50 and 7:50 a.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 and New Jersey Public Radio or subscribe to the program on iTunes