BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, February 28 2013
The same idea that revolutionized Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign is now being put to use in New York City government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that Mike Flowers, director of analytics the mayor's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, has a new title: chief analytics officer. In an interview, Flowers tells us the role change comes from the growing importance of cross-agency collaboration in the digital city. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, February 22 2013
BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, February 14 2013
BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 23 2013
Much of New York City's financial data will be available in a newly searchable, machine-readable, programmatically accessible form through a new web application, New York City Comptroller John C. Liu was scheduled to announce this morning. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 8 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand this morning to announce free wifi covering all the outdoor areas in a stretch of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, from Eighth Avenue west and from Gansevoort Street to 19th Street.
The announcement is the latest in a patchwork of city gestures towards the idea that Internet access has transformed from luxury to necessity.Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 7 2012
New York City's new payphones may be so different that the term "payphone" will no longer apply, according to Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information and innovation officer. The city has launched a contest calling for new ways to use the payphone's connectivity and power source as a way for citizens to access information and navigate the city using modern technology. Read More
BY Joe Maniscalco | Tuesday, August 28 2012
Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Usually, when it comes time to fund capital improvement projects in large municipalities like New York City, it’s local elected officials who ultimately decide how taxpayer money is spent in their districts.
Last year, however, following prior success in Chicago, democracy-minded groups like the Participatory Budgeting Project and Community Voices Heard convinced four New York City Council members to hand over the purse strings to their constituents through a process called participatory budgeting.
Here's what the city has learned so far, and how some City Council districts will continue an expanded experiment with the system this year.Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, July 11 2012
New Yorkers will be able to access free, unlimited WiFi through pay phone locations as part of a pilot program launched by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the agency announced today. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 21 2012
BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 24 2012
For the first time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City now has a single person responsible for overseeing all of its information technology operations.
Rahul N. Merchant, a former executive at financial services and technology firms, starts today as New York City's first chief information and innovation officer, the city announced. Merchant will report directly to the mayor and will be responsible for the city's IT infrastructure, making him in effect the alpha and omega for city IT across all agencies. Previously, one city department — the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications — was responsible for maintaining many core IT projects, such as a city wireless network and an ongoing project to consolidate data servers, but agency IT operations were more independent. Merchant will oversee information technology development and management across all city agencies.Read More