Civic Hackers Take on the Problems of the Poor

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 04:00 PM

People in the tech world have sometimes been accused of catering mainly to their own needs, with apps for hailing taxis and finding romantic partners. But there’s another movement afoot – so called “civic hacking," aimed at solving serious problems.

Recently, a group of geeks tried to design a solution for price gouging in Newark. It seems that in many stores, the cost of basic goods like milk and cereal tends to rise at the start of the month, when many Newarkers receive food stamps. So could a free smartphone app be the way to keep prices stable?

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agop from New Jersey

I heard this story this morning at NPR. Is this for real. Is this world going stupid?

A smart phone app for poor people on food stamps.

Are you kidding???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul. 11 2013 11:17 AM

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