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Make an alert-if-active mode for certain wireless alerts

Wireless alerts are potentially life saving, but not every alert should wake the dead (e.g., a 4am Amber alert which only a miniscule portion of area subscribers can act upon). And cell phone users should have more flexibility than turning them off. Here's an idea: for lower-level alerts (e.g., Amber alerts), the unit should ONLY buzz if it's been used or otherwise moved in the last minute. The alert will display upon ...more »

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hold them accountable,

Over the last month I found that Verizon customers in Manhattan who have been out since Sandy, areas of New York being given the option of inferior wireless or nothing, and whole areas of New York and the US that are not only being upgraded but are also being tossed under the bus. We also have no idea exactly how the FiOS franchise is going as the Advocates' office just found that it's way behind schedule -- why is ...more »

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Github for Legislation/Contracts

Programmers around the world collaborate on mission critical systems like Linux using democratic/distributed version control Git.

Why not have our legislation and contracts drawn up the same way? If Mayor Bloomberg can go to coding school, maybe all legislators can learn Git and we can diff who is adding what to these mission-critical documents.

Watch Clay Shirky on this -

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WIFI Everywhere Incentives

Imagine how much innovation there would be in NYC if it were blanketed in free wifi? (not to mention it would make living here even more amazing) Free wifi doesn't need to be a pipe dream, and "always on" broadband doesn't have be limited to expensive 4G. NYC could create incentives for property owners to provide free wifi. Similar policies exist for non-tech public goods - for example new property developments are ...more »

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Virtual Startup Competition

An online startup competition that pairs users into teams of four - biz dev, programming, marketing, and designer. Those who are in the competition must meet weekly deadlines to create their virtual business. Last phase would be an obvious demo day of all the startups; a networking event to remember. After the competition, users (teamed up locally) can go on to build their startups if they choose. So, build a business, ...more »

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Create a Civic Kickstarter

A Kickstarter where micro-projects (projects of less than $20k), seeded from the backlogs of City agencies, are published. Civic Hackers, Students, Researchers, Independent contractors can then "bid" on these projects. This not only saves money (the traditional RFP process introduces too much overhead and automatically eliminates people who are not familiar with it), it also seeds the Civic Innovation ecosystem. ...more »

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Electronic Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request

In the months leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election, the New York City Board of Elections was crushed under hundreds of thousands of voter registration and absentee ballot application forms to enter and absentee ballots to send out in time. However, many voters still reported that their names were not in poll books or that they did not receive their absentee ballots. The Public Advocate is a Commissioner of the ...more »

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