Last month in Lagos, we brought together activists from the tech and oil worlds for a hackathon on the extractive industries of Nigeria. A hackathon, in the lexicon of computer geekery, is what happens when people pool their research, programming, hacking skills to solve a problem or investigate a particular subject, sometimes over a period more »
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You're sitting at a gate in an international airport (as I am now) and, just as a parlour game, you're looking for the transparency constituency among your fellow passengers in oil-producing country X. There are two people from that country sitting straight opposite you on the seats, grimacing through the barely intelligible announcements of delayed boarding: a young professional man, designer glasses, well dressed, maybe an arty beard, fiddling with laptop. You hear him chatting with a friend in fluent accented English on his mobile, talking about who did what on Facebook, then another call where he promises to send a document by email on arrival.