Instructor Teaches Students To ‘Learn To Program Or Be Programmed’ In Brazil

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Catherine Osborn

In Brazil, civic hackathons have become a popular way for people to use coding to help clean up their politics.

The comes after a widespread corruption investigation uncovered how deep the fraud extends in the country’s government.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Now a story about people using coding to find a way through political polarization.

This is in Brazil, where civic hackathons have become popular.

Reporter Catherine Osborn went to a hackathon in Rio de Janeiro.

CATHERINE OSBORN, BYLINE:

It’s a Saturday morning on Rio’s north side, and a small museum auditorium is packed with a hundred people ranging from teens to people in their 50s and their computers.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN:

(Foreign language spoken).

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD:

(Foreign language spoken).

OSBORN:

They’re here for a free event called Hacking Public Data with Python.

The organizers had to close applications early when a thousand people signed up for…

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