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This Teen Created a Web App That Easily Tracks Politicians, Their Funding

Meet 16-year-old Nick Rubin who, despite not being old enough to vote, the app he designed wmay just change the way you think about politics.

Rubin, a coder and web designer from Seattle, created Greenhouse, a browser extension for Chrome, Safari and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress.

Greenhouse uses data from opensecrets.org a website that tracks and keeps a running database of the donations to every member of congress. Rubin wants to make it simple for people to track their congressmen’s donations.

“The OpenSecrets.org, or the Center for Responsive Politics, they give programmers access to their databases, so for programmers the data is actually pretty accesbile and easy to use, but for the average person not so much, and that’s what Greenhouse tries to solve,” Rubin said.

Pedro Andrade talked to Rubin about how his new app can change the political landscape.

“My goal is really to use technology to promote transparency, basically to help educate people, because that’s really the first step to a solution,” Rubin said.

This Teen Created a Web App That Easily Tracks Politicians, Their Funding

Meet 16-year-old Nick Rubin who, despite not being old enough to vote, the app he designed wmay just change the way you think about politics.

Rubin, a coder and web designer from Seattle, created Greenhouse, a browser extension for Chrome, Safari and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress.

Greenhouse uses data from opensecrets.org a website that tracks and keeps a running database of the donations to every member of congress. Rubin wants to make it simple for people to track their congressmen’s donations.

“The OpenSecrets.org, or the Center for Responsive Politics, they give programmers access to their databases, so for programmers the data is actually pretty accesbile and easy to use, but for the average person not so much, and that’s what Greenhouse tries to solve,” Rubin said.

Pedro Andrade talked to Rubin about how his new app can change the political landscape.

“My goal is really to use technology to promote transparency, basically to help educate people, because that’s really the first step to a solution,” Rubin said.

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