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 – http://bit.ly/BetaNYC-2016-YearInReview To: NYC…

BetaNYC’s testimony to NY City Council Committee on Technology – Open Data oversight hearing 1 Oct 2015

Dear Chairman Vacca and Councilmembers, New York City’s open data ecosystem one of the world’s best. We are very sorry that BetaNYC’s leadership can’t be there in person. First, BetaNYC and NYC open data community has experienced an amazing 18 months. We are excited to see the Council and this…

THE MESSAGE 2014.51 – NYC’s CTO needs your help & a flashlight on 2015!

Wednesday night was historic! For the first time, New York City’s First Chief Technology Officer sat down with NYC’s civic technology community and talked about her past, her dreams, and our future. Here’s the short story; CTO Tantoco is “punk in pinstripes” civic hacker. She made it clear that the…

BetaNYC’s testimony to NY City Council oversight hearing on open data.

Date: Monday, 27 October 2014To: NYC Council – Committee on TechnologyFrom: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director Re: BetaNYC’s Testimony on Open Data TestimonyBetaNYC Testimony Bit.ly bundle: http://bit.ly/betanyc-20141027 Good afternoon Chair and City Council members, I’m Noel Hidalgo, and I am the Executive Director of BetaNYC. BetaNYC is a civic technology community group….

“We The People for NYC” is coming | Participatory Politics Foundation

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“We The People for NYC” is coming | Participatory Politics Foundation NYT reported that NYC Council Member James Vacca will introduce legislation to develop online petitions to NYC city council – in short, a version of the White House’s “We the People” for NYC municipal government.

Contemplating the Mosaic Effect of Free Taxi Information

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Contemplating the Mosaic Effect of Free Taxi Information This is a good extension of the ongoing conversation around NYC Taxi data, data hashing, and what it might mean for future data release.

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The director of the [NY] state’s Committee on Open Government criticized the [Mayor Bill de Blasio]’s stance on denying reporter requests for Freedom of Information Law logs. “I think it’s a ridiculous response,” Robert Freeman, director of the NY Department of State Committee on Open Government, said on Tuesday. “I…

BetaNYC’s support of three bills that would put the city’s laws online, centralize FOIL, and Publishing the City Record online.

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Date: Monday, 9 June 2014From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYCTo: NY City Council’s Committee on Governmental Operations jointly with the Committee on TechnologySubject: Online Publication of City Laws, Centralizing FOIL, and Publishing the City Record online Honorable Chairs and City Council Members, I am Noel Hidalgo, the executive director…

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With Today’s appointment of Commissioner Roest, BetaNYC is excited to see this administration’s emphasis on service innovation, transparency, and openness. Additionally, we are excited to see a collective commitment to modernize NYC’s telecommunications franchises and provide 21st century access to all. We look forward to working with her and helping…

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The DATA Act is the most significant open government legislation enacted by Congress in generations, going back to the Freedom of Information Act in 1966. An administration official at the White House Office of Management and Budget confirmed that President Barack Obama will sign the bill into law. The DATA…