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Bloomberg's Final Digital Roadmap Sets Stage for Successor

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, October 21 2013

Bloomberg discussing innovation in cities on Oct. 7 (Mayor's Office/Flickr)

New York City officials envision a future where a social media analytics platform, and crowdsourcing, could help provide early warnings of emergencies; where free WiFi could emanate from buildings and street furniture; where public housing residents would have free Internet access; where the "sharing economy" is able to flourish; where New Yorkers could complain to 311 about their Internet service, have a personalized online account to access city services and where developers would have access to more APIS. These are some of the ideas outlined in a report released by the Bloomberg administration and compiled based on feedback from New Yorkers through listening sessions held in the five boroughs and on social media. Read More

First POST: Counting

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 9 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:The latest details on the health care exchange signups (and problems); a new tech advocacy group launches; Nick Bilton's forthcoming book on Twitter gives the unvarnished version of its founding; and much, much more. Read More

De Blasio Discusses Airbnb, Occupy, Pope Francis & Pizza in Reddit AMA

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 8 2013

de Blasio/Twitter

In his first Reddit AMA, leading New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio responded to policy questions on Airbnb, the Occupy movement, the tech community and to personal questions about his religious views, favorite books and his son's famous hair. Read More

NYC Mayoral Race Shows "Shareable Graphics Are...The New Black" in Digital Campaigning

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, September 26 2013

A study released last week indicates that Bill de Blasio's messaging had the greatest resonance online leading up to the New York City mayoral primary, but much remains unknown about the broader impact of the digital campaign on the electorate. The study was a joint project between Hill & Knowlton Strategies and the Baruch College of Public Affairs' Survey Research program. Read More

First POST: Smorgasbord

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New details on how the NSA's public review panel is being managed by the people its supposed to oversee; Ecuador wants to reimagine itself as a peer-to-peer network; Kate Losse accuses Dave Eggers of appropriating her Facebook memoir; a nifty new Twitter search tool from the Knight Lab at Northwestern; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Generation W?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 17 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Whistleblowing as an act of generational identity?; Craig Newmark is officially the government's biggest "nerd"; Turkey's ruling party is building a social media army; and much, much more. Read More

For NYC Candidates and Independent Groups, Online Advertising is Part of the Mix

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, September 17 2013

While the bulk of the money spent by candidates in last week's New York City primary battles went to old-fashioned TV ads, the campaigns also used a variety of online advertising strategies. Digging into the campaign expenditure reports, Miranda Neubauer reports on who did what. Read More

[Op-Ed] The Future of Open Government in New York City

BY Noel Hidalgo | Friday, September 13 2013

NYC's old voting machines look a lot like this one at the Smithsonian

In this guest op-ed, Noel Hidalgo, the program manager for Code for America in NYC and co-founder of BetaNYC, looks back over the city's mixed record of open government initiatives, and asks whether recent progress will be continued by the new crop of candidates emerging from this past week's primary votes.

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As De Blasio Surges, Many in Tech Sector Back Quinn

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, September 9 2013

Quinn visiting Songza headquarters in Long Island City in June (Quinn/Facebook)

NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio currently has the momentum in the New York City mayoral race. He is leading in the polls, close to the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off. But even as De Blasio surges, many in New York City's technology sector, who feel they have benefitted under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, continue to back his rival Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker, who is fighting to reach the second place in a possible run-off. Read More

NYC Mayoral Candidates Promise Disruption, SimCity and Hackathons at Gracie Mansion

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, August 30 2013

De Blasio meeting with Parent bloggers in March (De Blasio/Facebook)

Frontrunning Democratic mayoral contender Bill De Blasio likened his ideas to the "disruptive" nature of technology in a recent interview with the New York Tech Meetup*, emphasizing the importance of transparency, grassroots organizing and engagement in the democratic process, invoking the examples of Barack Obama and Howard Dean. Dean endorsed De Blasio this week. In late August, De Blasio, Republican Candidate Joe Lhota and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrioncontinued a series of video discussion sessions with the mayoral candidates that were organized by the Tech Meetup and hosted by ThoughtWorks. Read More