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Garcetti's 'hackathon' for city transparency didn't go as expected
Garcetti's 'hackathon' for city transparency didn't go as expected

One goal of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's weekend "hackathon" was to have computer coding experts quickly create new apps that would help engage residents and businesses with reams of online information on city government and operations. But the two-day marathon highlighted both the possibilities and the limits of such high-profile tech events to deliver quick advances for government bureaucracies pursuing digital-age transparency. Many of the competing teams, including the grand prize winner, sidestepped an expanded batch of city data unveiled Saturday on the website by the mayor, saying it wasn't comprehensive or they didn't have enough time to work with...

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