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Yelp.gov - the 21st Century Greenbook & agency accountability

After years of not being printed, the NYC Greenbook was finally digitized. As the 20th Century's gold standard for Government transparency, this tool needs to be updated. < http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/about/greenbook.shtml > For the 21 Century, we imagine a Yelp.gov like service that is a dashboard into our city. From Parks to Agencies with customer service tellers, this site will layout all of the Agency's contact ...more »

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Fully Searchable Machine Readable City Budget

Even with recent improvements by the Independent Budget Office, the New York City budget process still remains opaque as journalists and residents try to understand differences between the Mayor's budget, the City Council budget and the final budget. Details are often presented through press releases that discuss reductions, restorations and other often indecipherable budget lingo. A “User Friendly” budget would list ...more »

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Preserve Net Neutrality by Any Internet Vendors in NYC

While we build a Universal Internet in New York City, it is also important for elected officials to keep in mind that giving everyone access to the Internet doesn’t matter without “net neutrality,” which protects a person's rights to send and receive any information without limitation, and would prohibit Internet Service Providers, like telephone companies, from telling consumers who they can call and what they can say. ...more »

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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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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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Have city promiote local loop unbundling of broadband

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.

 

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240044760/EU-states-ordered-to-unbundle-local-loop

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Prevent the next Sandy-level power outage

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 »

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One stop shop for startups

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 »

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