Require that every new construction in the city receive at least 20% of their energy from alternate energy sources like solar, wind, or other non-fossil fuel based renewable form.
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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 -
Sponsor NY team exchange with other countries teams. so NY entrepreneurs can see and learn more of the need out side the city.
+ Make NYC rules a one stop shop in how the city’s regulations are changing.
+ All aspects of rules changing should be linked together. (eg videos, testimonies, events, should all be interlinked. Similar to How NYSenate.gov hosts Committee Meeting summaries)
+ More or less update the site to be functioning for general public.
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 »
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.
That the city, to promote efficient access to broadband capability for all citizens and businesses, research the feasibility of and promote "local loop unbundling" as now implemented in many EU locals in a manner similar to what has been successful in the Netherlands.