Well, The Wall Street Journal isn’t calling it a hackathon, per se, but that’s what it sounds like.
During April 13-15 at New York University, the publication is holding its first Data Transparency Weekend, an outgrowth of the Journal’s ‘What They Know‘ investigative series. The event will gather about 100 programmers who will form teams to work on free Web tools that promote data transparency. At the end of the weekend, the best tools will be publicly recognized.
Sounds like a hackathon to us.
But whatever it’s called, we think it’s a pretty cool initiative from the paper.
The event will be led by WSJ senior technology editor Julia Angwin, who directs the ’What They Know’ team. The weekend will be divided into three main tracks: Scanning, Education and Control. Scanning will focus on enhancing technology that scans the Web to reveal tracking; Education will concentrate on how to help people see how much information they share; and Control will focus on improving software that helps people control sensitive information.