In 2007 Gale Brewer, then Chair of the NYC Council Committee of Technology, introduced a law to amend the City Constitution to require webcasting of all City public meetings. This law applies to the Council, Committees, City Agencies, and Task Forces. The law – 2013-103 – was approved unaniminously by the council on November 14 2013, and signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on December 2 2013, including a budget of $230k in 2014, and $100k/annum thereafter. The law gives the City 90 days to implement, which time is up on March 1 2014 – this Sunday. On Monday February 24 2014 the Committee, now chaired by Council Member James Vacca, held a public hearing for oversight of the implementation process, in the form of a report by Jeff Merritt from the Mayor’s office. Furthermore, Council Member Vacca and some colleagues have introduced a new law – Int 0028 – that will require Community Boards to also webcast their proceedings, so this hearing was an opportunity for public input on that topic. Speakers included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, representatives of several Community Boards, and public interest groups Citizen’s Union and Reinvent Albany. The last word came from ISOC-NY’s own Joly MacFie, who emphasized flexibilty and the need for transcripts. Video is below, click through to YouTube for an index. A transcript should be available in a day or two.
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City and State are today, Tuesday December 18 2012, presenting a full day forum #RealPolitech at New York Law School. The forum informs and encourages practical and material uses of technology in government, campaigns, media, and the industries that operate in and around these spaces. The day’s discussions look to ground the sometimes ethereal concepts with active examples of current, existing applications and how they can be best utilized. Participants include the New York City Council Technology Committee, DOITT, the Board of Education. The event is being webcast live, and will be archived.
What: City and State #RealPolitech
Where: New York Law School
When: Tuesday December 18 2012 10am-5pm EST