With 8 million dollars of our tax dollars being allocated via participatory budgeting, NYC should have a real PB tool beyond a Wordpress install < http://pbnyc.org >.
+ Better municipal legislation search interface. (a la NY Senate’s Open Legislation search interface)
+ Add videos to Meeting Details.
+ Allow for public comments on Bill (a la NY Senate’s Open Legislation commenting system)
+ Online petition site
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.
Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $10B of damage to infrastructure and lost productivity during the power outage. How do we prevent this from happening again? It is imperative that public resources be devoted to ensuring that this scale of damage must not happen again. Seawalls must be considered; power stations must be protected. Gov. Cuomo called for some level of protection in his State of the State, but there... more »
Consolidate NYC Buiness Express and Business Solutions to be a one stop for NYC's business services. - Include, wizards for startups across all verticals (currently, Tech startups are missing.) - Include, how starups can provide services to government. - Include connections to programs like NYCEDC's Jumpstart. http://levin.suny.edu/jumpstartNYC/project.cfm and NYC Venture Connect, http://www.nycedc.com/program/nyc-venture-connect... more »
Digitizing the city's check register was a great first step in Open Government, but all of the city's subcontracting records should be included in http://www.checkbooknyc.com
First, NYC Digital's website should become a one stop for social media / developer / civic data apps (see http://digital.cityofchicago.org ) Second, NYC notify should become a 360° notify program that is fully integrated into public space. + Bus shelters + Payphones + Deploy a feed that can be incorporated into elevators, + POS cash registers, and other public information screens. + An public API that can be integrated... more »
Require New York City government to always consider Open Source or Free Software for new software so that our City can reduces costs and new software can also benefit the rest of New York State and United States.
Protect the privacy of every New Yorker by launching a taskforce on privacy and proposing legislation to protect personal identifying information from disclosure. As we have grown from a post industrial society to an information economy, “information” itself has become a very valued commodity. On the private side, credit card companies buy and sell your credit reports and magazines share your subscriptions so that... more »
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.
Government often provides for public hearings on many issues -- on pending legislation and regulations, for examples -- because proposals can be improved through the advice and input of the public. Similarly, new software is generally released as ""beta"" which allows it to undergo usability testing with users who provide feedback so that improvements can be implemented and malfunctions fixed prior to the final version.... more »
Many of our public notice laws were written generations ago when the best way to share information was through the mail or radio, long before television, the telephone or even the Internet. As new communication technologies have appeared, they have lowered communication costs and improved access to information for non-English speakers and the disabled. Like many of you, my family has opted into getting paperless banking... more »
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 »