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Apr 20

We are calling on creative types, techies, policy wonks, and regulators to come together to harness technology and innovation to safeguard New Yorkers from illegal apartment rentals and noncompliant Chinatown bus companies.

Today, we live in an interconnected society where technological advancements like smartphones and apps allow us to communicate, share, and collaborate in ways once never imaginable. When centralized governments were established, their architects never imagined a world enhanced by peer networks (such as Napster or Yelp), online reputation management tools, or e-government.

The question now is how can we use innovations like these to improve the the government regulator whose job is to protect consumers from illegally converted apartments that are not easily observable, or non compliant motorcoach companies who consistently break the rules, jeopardizing the lives of their customers. In 2011 for example, 34 people were killed and 467 people were injured in Chinatown buses. While new legislation was implemented in December 2012 requiring buses to apply for permits, we think that more can be done to ensure travelers are safe on these vehicles.

But, we need your help to make change happen! If you want to use your creativity and expertise to help improve the life of another, then we call on you to participate in the Rethinking Regulation Design Challenge on April 20th from 10am - 3pm.

Come, Think, and Design!

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