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A Peace Corps for Geeks

From their buzzy San Francisco loft, 28 tech wizards spend their days tapping on laptops, scribbling formulas into spiral notebooks and "ideating" -- hacker-speak for tossing ideas around. Code for America, the nonprofit they work for, is an experiment in municipal government driven by hackers who want to help make the public sector as responsive as the Yelp app on a smartphone. Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
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