Statement of support for NYC’s Digital Services Playbook

Today is a great day to be a New Yorker. With a straight forward vision of intentional inclusion, iterative design, transparency, flexibility, & mobility, New Yorkers have a Mayor and City Council who fundamentally support the use of technology, data, and design to build governments that work for the 21st century.

“With the launch of the NYC Digital Services Playbook, technology, data, and design become the corner stone of a 21st century New York City,” said Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC. “We are excited to see the Mayor launch a Digital Services Playbook that brings together the best ideas from inside and outside of government. This digital services playbook lays down a unified foundation for the first half of 21st century.”

The City’s twelve strategies will enable advocates inside and outside of government to champion equitable services built for the 21st century. We look forward to using these strategies to build a stronger, smarter, and more resilient City.

In the coming year, we hope to demonstrate the need for a unified digital services department to unify these principals and strategies. NYC needs an agency who can shepherd these principles across agencies and truly deliver collaborative digital services. Using a model shared by the US Federal Government’s Digital Services Department and 18F, we look forward to building a broader bridge and help reorient government services around we, the people.

Check out NYC’s Digital Services Playbook and vote for your favorite ideas.

Note – In 2013, the BetaNYC community co-wrote the People Roadmap to a Digital New York City. Many of these ideas have been adopted by this Mayoral administration.