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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ISOC-NY TV show 2pm today: New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity #edem @democracy @mnn59
Today, Wednesday January 1 2014, the ISOC-NY TV show will present an edited version of Steven Clift’s talk New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity, recorded at the UNDP on December 18 2013. Clift discusses whether growing open government and civic technology will ironically lead to greater concentration of power among fewer, often similar voices or will more open government and community engagement online lead to better government decisions, stronger communities and more problem-solving? The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.
What: ISOC-NY TV Show – .NYC Public Workshop and Info Session
Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
When: Wednesday January 1 2014 2pm-3pm EDT | 1900-2000 UTC
Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 / 1996 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
VIDEO: New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity – Steven Clift #edem @democracy
On a brief visit to NYC civic technology leader Steven Clift, a White House Champion of Change for Open Government, at short notice set up a presentation – New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity at the UNDP offices on December 18 2013. At issue is whether growing open government and civic technology will ironically lead to greater concentration of power among fewer, often similar voices or will more open government and community engagement online lead to better government decisions, stronger communities and more problem-solving? Clift highlighted myth-busting research from the Pew Internet and American Life project and shared unique highlights from E-Democracy’s BeNeighbors.org initiative that is designed to foster local neighborhood engagement online that builds bridges across income, race, and native-born and immigrant communities. Video is below:
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/cHt9K-04IcQ
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/YkwSWEatPchw/
Twitter: @democracy | #edem
On August 1 2013 the 21st Century Democracy & Technology Meetup hosted a NYC Civic Tech Demo Night at Tipping Point Partners NYC. Introducing the night was Tipping Points founder and CEO Art Chang, who revealed a forthcoming expanded collaboration – a “tech campus” – between his firm, New York Law School, and other institutions.
Presenting first was FundElevator, a new crowdfunding platform for both causes and politicians that will have its soft launch in the next few days.
The second was NYC Votes. Art Chang is also the Chair of NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee(VAAC), part of the NYC Campaign Finance Board‘s (CFB) Voter Assistance Unit, as reconstituted by the 2010 Charter Commission. The CFB has three primary mandates: administering the Campaign Finance Program, publishing the Voter Guide, and overseeing the Debate Program. The CFB provides easily accessible and comprehensive information on candidates’ campaign finance and works to make candidates and elected officials more responsive to New York City citizens, rather than special interests, by reducing the opportunity for campaign contributors to influence candidates and elected officials and by providing a means for credible candidates who might not have access to “big money” to run competitive campaigns via a matching funds program. To assist in this purpose the VAAC spawned the 21st Century Democracy project which in turn spawned a Digital Action Working Group of leading local techies,namely AppOrchard, Method, and Pivotal Labs, who set to work on creating an app – NYC Votes – to help achieve the CFP’s purpose. NYC Votes is aimed to provide the complete voting experience from registering to vote, to learning about the candidates, to funding candidates (thereby gaining them 6x NYC matching funds), to casting a vote at the poll site on Election Day. The app is scheduled to go live on Aug 7 2013 at the New York Tech Meetup. This night was something of a dress rehearsal for that.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GFB90PvU4OQ
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/uH601JQul4ez/
Twitter: #civictech | #nycvotes
Art Chang – Chair, NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee
Mickey Costa – CEO, FundElevator
James Schuler – CTO, FundElevator
Amy M. Loprest – Executive Director, NYC Campaign Finance Board
Rusty Munro – Creative Director, Method
Michael Schubert – Managing Director, NYC, Pivotal Labs
Michael Carlson – Product Manager, AppOrchard
BetaNYC is the latest incarnation of the ever-evolving NYC Open Government working group formerly known as Open NY Forum, whose original policy concepts have successfully been adopted and launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The group is now sponsored by, and incorporated as a local ‘brigade’ of, the Code for America organization (CfA) – a national effort partly funded by the same Kauffman Foundation that supports HackNY. CfA funds a full-time director (Noel Hidalgo) for BetaNYC, which organizes monthly #BetaTalk presentations, weekly #CivicHackNights, and occasional #GovGeek socials. CfA itself presents further opportunities – it has an accelerator program for civic startups, also awards fellowships, and funds worthy local projects. At this meetup there was comprehensive introduction to CfA and its activities, including fellow Ezra Spiers presenting on a NYC Project to improve the city’s Criminal Justice system. CfA volunteer Veronica Ludwig talked about the NYC BigApps challenge, in which #BetaNYC actively participates. Video is below.
- View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/d7THnvoCLNk
- Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/AiqF3ZHIHGjN/
00:09 Introduction – Noel Hidalgo
02:11 Open Plans – Frank Hibbert
03:17 BetaNYC – Noel Hidalgo
10:40 Code for America – Alex Tran
27:35 CfA Fellowship & NYC Criminal Justice Project – Ezra Spier
43:59 BetaNYC #CivicHackNights – Ashley Williams
55:37 NYC BigApps – Veronica Ludwig
- Join BetaNYC: http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/
Tomorrow, Thursday March 7 2013 at 12PM on the Steps of City Hall City Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer will hold a press conference to celebrate the first anniversary of NYC’s Open Data Law. On this day, under the terms of the bill, all qualifying data currently available on any NYC.gov website must be posted to the Open Data portal. Various open government groups including the Open NY Forum and the New York City Transparency Working Group will be in attendance to support Councilwoman Brewer.
What: NYC Open Data rally
Where: NYC City Hall Steps
When: Thursday March 7 2013. 12PM
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
Video: State of the Digital City: Government 2.0 and its Impact on Policymaking @nyuwagner #opengov #nycgov
Video is now available of last week’s Wagner Policy Alliance event “State of the Digital City: Government 2.0 and its Impact on Policymaking”
- Gale Brewer, NYC Council Member, Founding Chair of the Committee on Technology in Government
- John Kaehny, Executive Director and Founding Board Member, Reinvent Albany
- Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Institute for the Future, and NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Shankar Prasad, NYU Adjunct Associate Professor and Yourlist.org Founder
NYC Council Member Gale A. Brewer has long campaigned for an Open Data statute for the City. Indeed her original public hearing was back in June 2009, when she first introduced draft legislation. Another public hearing was held in June 2010. The law has finally passed, and was signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on March 7 2012.
The law has provisions such as:
- City agencies until 2018 to get all their data online and searchable.
- Data to be machine readable and available via an API.
- DoITT to produce guidelines for City agencies by October 2012
- Agencies to report what data sets they have by August 2013
- Agencies to submit a compliance report before March 2014.
- Data is to be made available in one central location at NYC.gov.
- If agencies opt-out they must make public their reasons for doing so.
- DoITT to consult with the public and open standards bodies to ensure usability.
On Oct. 14, City Hall News presented “How digital tools are (and are not) impacting communications in and around government,” at Baruch College. Media sponsor PBS program Metrofocus has archived the panel discussion How New York City Government Is (and Isn’t) Using Social Media. Naturally NYC Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne was present. The panel also included Council Member Gale Brewer.