Greenhouse: Millennials coding for a transparent governmentLess than 20% of Americans trust the government. Gen Y is demanding that authorities are transparent and accountable. Greenhouse, a plugin created by a 16-year-old, aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.”
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Open. Transparent. Accountable. All of these are typical buzzwords we hear in the political and corporate dialect – and Millennials are just one group in the US that’s demanding to hear them more often. Unsurprisingly, social media and smartphones are one key way they’re going about this. Greenhouse is one of a line of online applications that promote greater government transparency. But what’s driving this generation to use technology for political reasons?

Greenhouse is a new plugin created by 16-year-old Nick Rubin that aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.” [1] It works by highlighting the name of any Congress member in any web-page or article online; users are then able to click through and view a detailed list of where or who the politician received campaign funding from in recent elections.