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The Accessible City

The city administration has moved to acquire the .nyc TLD - its like .com and .org but just for New Yorkers. And it has created a .NYC Advisory Board to help fashion an insightful development plan. We need digital public spaces to help the public engage and run our city. For example, "voters.nyc" with every registered voter getting a "my-city" civic space, e.g., Your.Name.voter.nyc, with candidate info, polling location, ...more »

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Digital rights advocate free zone

Establish city-wide protections for white hat hackers who highlight bugs and/or deliver previously privatized government data back into the public domain.

 

Some forms of hacking should not be illegal. The burden of proof on prosecutors should be that the public good has been hurt when government data is being dealt with.

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Better NYC Election Tools / NYC Votes

Improve the NYC election process by the following

+ Get to Know Your Candidates Tool

+ API around election / voting data

+ ability to donate via SMS

+ a one stop shop app with all election information and donating options within the app

+ early voting

+ electronic voting registration

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Improve NYC Maps / Pluto Data

NYCityMap should have a full fledged API < http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/ >. + All datasets should have a clear GeoTaged locations / Improvements to open data catalog of all available data sets plotted on a base map. + MapPLUTO data should be free < http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bytes/applbyte.shtml > + Improve/add additional maps - 311 integration - 911 Call integration - Crime map - Green infrastructure ...more »

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Bring community boards into the 21st Century

Provide easily navigable Community Board meeting information and meeting notes in machine-readable format.

 

Include: Livestreaming, 311 metrics / dashboards into community issues, online surveys and maps.

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Healthcare for entrepreneurs

Work to ensure the access and understanding of health insurance programs for entrepreneurs and startups. Help reduce one of the last barriers to people starting their own companies -- the fear or not being able to find affordable coverage for themselves and their employees. PM me if you want to see this become more of a reality.

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A Continuous Greenbelt

Accelerate the completion of a continuous greenway surrounding the island of Manhattan. Only a few of the 20+ miles remain to make it a continuous, accessible loop for walkers, riders, strollers and others who want to soak up some scenery. This includes greenway passage around the United Nations along the East River, and passage along the riverfront in north Harlem. A fun, livable city with places to run, bike, and play ...more »

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Metropolitan copper

Wherever telcos turn off copper wiring infrastructures, require that they turn those infrastructures over to the city.

 

Put the infrastructure to bid for providing low cost data services in disadvantaged areas.

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Digitize the City Record

Provide NY City Record in a machine readable format with real time search and geo search capabilities (think Google). Provide notices in a calendar view and provide extensible API.

 

http://a856-internet.nyc.gov/nycvendoronline/home.asp

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Open 311 API

Just as 311 opened the door for crowd sourcing NYC's problems and information, the adoption and full implementation of a Open 311 Read/Write API will bring 311 into the 21st Century.

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Enable the makers

In public education, require that students be taught how to use electronic tools to create instead of just consume.

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Open FOIL

Create and maintain an OpenFOIL tool (aka more than a FOIL tracker) that provides metric, assists in the opening up of FOILed items.

 

* FOIL is NY's Freedom of Information Law. This is one of the most progressive Freedom of Information Laws in the nation.

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