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the 2010 elections & their impact on open data & gov 2.0 in New York

On October 18th, join the OpenNY Meetup in designing and beginning to implement your vision for the future of Open Government in New York.
This event will be nonpartisan and is OUR opportunity to discuss OUR issues with campaign representatives and elected officials. Note: this event will be live streamed. Follow the #OpenNY hashtag on twitter for latest news and updates. Over the past few years, we have seen a number of state and local projects blow open the doors of government transparency in New York. The New York State Senate CIO Office won the
Best of New York awards for it’s Open Senate initiative.
OpenPlans partnered with
Code for America to start
Civic Commons, an organization helping government entities share best practices and code. From the
current Governor's office, to the
MTA, to the
NYC Public Advocate, and at the Manhattan Borough President’s office, we are seeing unprecedented levels of open data fueled transparency, efficiency, and participation in our government. Adding new fuel to this fire. Last week, gubernatorial candidate
Andrew Cuomo released his “Open New York” plan, which calls for a central website comprised of three core portals: Open Information, Open Government for Performance, and Open Collaboration. (
See Andrew Hoppin’s Blog for detailed comments). This week, NYC EDC and DoITT announced
BigApps 2.0. However, in just a few short weeks, the future of New York’s Government 2.0 initiatives may be in question. With an estimated $13 billion state budget deficit, the election of a new Chief Executive, and the leadership of the State Senate hanging in the balance, the prospects for government transparency in our State could look radically different after the upcoming election. There is a real chance that, after Tuesday November 2nd, all of this work could come to a crashing to halt for the next decade or longer. Therefore, on Monday, October 18th, one day and one week away from election day, the Open NY Meetup will hear from government officials, community leaders, and Gov 2.0 entrepreneurs on why this is a “make-or-break” election for open, transparent, participatory government in our State. We will then proceed to discuss and collaboratively design the open government future we want to see for New York in 2011 and beyond, and begin to come up with an executable strategy for getting there. Cuomo’s OpenNY commitment is in part due to the fact that New York already has a potent organized community of open government entrepreneurs, working inside and outside of government. Now,
the future of NY’s Government 2.0 policies is in YOUR hands. You need to show up, show your support for these policies, and work together to ensure that New York does not regress. By attending this meetup and participating in this election demonstrates to politicians that New Yorkers care about open government, and want to see this work extended rather than reversed.
Confirmed Speakers:
Gustavo Rivera, NY Senator-Elect, District 33, Andrew Hoppin,
NY Senate Chief Information Officer, Philip Ashlock, Open Government Project Manager at
OpenPlans, Mark Belinksky, Co-founder of
Digital Democracy, Brandon Kessler, Founder of
ChallengePost, the platform that runs
BigApps, and
World Bank’s Apps for Development Sonpreet Bhatia, Co-founder of
Invited Speakers: Councilmember
Brad Lander, District 39
Notable Links:
Freelancer's Union Endorsements
Andrew Cuomo releases an Open NY plan
Introducing Civic Commons
Event Details: Monday, 18 October 2010 at 7pm till 9pm at
New Work City 412 Broadway, Floor 2, New York, NY Hashtag: #OpenNY Livestream Video: TBA Meetup Link - Facebook Link -

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  • Andrew H.

    Grateful to all the sharp thoughtful people who came and participated.

    October 19, 2010

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