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My.NYC.gov: A Personalized Government Services Portal

We have all become accustomed to web portals, such as AOL, My Yahoo, iGoogle or Windows Live, that allow us to personalize the information provided to us. NYC.GOV should implement “My.NYC.GOV,” as a similar portal to provide New Yorkers with access to local information that they think is important such as alternate side of the street parking, school closures, mass transit service advisories, deadlines for Department of... 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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Creative Commons NYC's Commons

Commit to advocate for the opening up of library, museum, and archive data on all the boards the Mayor sits as ex-officio on (American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Carnegie Hall, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Jewish Heritage,... more »

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Micro-seed Investments of $50,000 to Spur Tech Startups

Seed money to build a start-up business usually involves an investment of a quarter million dollars or more. But NYC Seed was recently appropriated only $2 million, which led it to announce that their smallest investment would be $200,000 or more, meaning that only 10 companies or fewer would benefit. In this economic crisis, we should offer micro-seeds of $50,000 or less to as many creative entrepreneurs as possible.... more »

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Use 311 to Support NYC.gov and Other City Apps

Websites can be frustrating and difficult to navigate even if you know what you are looking for. For this very reason many websites offer an option to click a button for a live support person who can help guide you through the website over the phone or answer questions through an online chat. For NYC.GOV, clicking this feature could connect someone with a 311 operator in New York City from anywhere in the world. The operator... more »

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wiki.NYC.gov

Empower New Yorkers to help one another by sharing their knowledge and understanding of government services on a "wiki" for NYC.GOV. Explanation: Wikipedia, founded in 2001, has changed the world by making almost 3 million articles available in a mission to cover all of existing knowledge that is written, edited, and maintained by a self managed volunteer community. This "wiki" technology was also integrated into... 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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Improve NYC Rules Website

NYC Rules - http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycrules/html/home/home.shtml

+ 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.

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Mandatory Beta for All City Websites and Apps for Public Input

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 »

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Make All City Publications Digital for Translation+Accessibility

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 »

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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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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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