Indian Data Hacks Solve Everyday Civic Problems

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BusRoutes.in is an unofficial bus route-mapping site in Chennai, India.

David McCandless, who runs the data visualization website InformationIsBeautiful.net, joined British Prime Minister David Cameron and a group of British hackers on a trip to India, where he was impressed by some elegant local data hacks and projects.

I have to confess a slight colonial attitude going into the meet. Thinking of the UK as a great hacking nation and leading data port, I was expecting to be helping the collected Indian IT professionals and activists improve their skills and give them fresh ideas on how to bootstrap their democracy.

However, our Indian counterparts very quickly astonished us with brilliant and powerful data projects and grass roots hacks using simple tools and technologies to solve everyday civic issues.

Read the full story at The Guardian.



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Niraj previously reported on the business of the nation's largest law firms for The Recorder, a San Francisco legal newspaper. He has also been published in The Hartford Courant, The Seattle Times and The Age, in Melbourne, Australia. He's also a longtime programmer and sometimes website designer.
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