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Testimony for Intro 1696-2017 (Open Algorithms Bill)

“We […] want to ensure that New York City leads the way in ethical algorithmic government. We want transparency around data tools, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and tracking. We want New York City to be the thought leader in smart, ethical, algorithmic government.” – 4 Jan 2016 – To: NYC…

How to improve NYC’s open data law 2.0?

Last week, we had the chance to join with members of the NYC Transparency Working Group and provide feedback on the future of NYC’s open data law (video). As this bill is under discussion we encourage all to provided your thoughts via councilmatic. Intro 1525-2017 This bill would require updates to…

Affirming BetaNYC’s values

On February 1, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,Testimony, With No Comments

I want briefly talk about BetaNYC’s values and affirm our vision of the future. Frankly, this new Federal administration is walking away from open government principles, facts, and the fundamental principles that make America great. The last 11 days have brought much heartbreak to our staff and volunteer leadership committee….

2016’s written testimony for NYC #opendata oversight hearing

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 To the NYC Committee on Technology & Chairperson Vacca, Introduction. BetaNYC is a civic organization dedicated to improving all lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data. We envision an informed and empowered public that can leverage civic design, technology, and data to hold…

In Support of Int 0564 – 2014

Dear Chairperson Vacca and members of the Technology Committee, We are supportive of Intro 0564 – 2014. We strongly believe that New York City needs an internal technology and design team to help accomplish the goals of this legislation. Similar to the US Federal Government’s 18F or US Digital Services,…

Testimony in support of Free and Open Source Software Act and Civic Commons Act

On February 23, 2016, Posted by , In Advocacy,Blog,Testimony, With No Comments

To: NYC Council – Committee on Contracts From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Re: Int 365-2014 & Int 366-2014 Tuesday, 22 February 2016 Dear Chairperson Rosenthal and the NYC Committee on Contracts, It is an honor to have this opportunity to represent New York City’s civic technology, design, and…