• Human Rights & Internet, hosted Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

    The internet has become inseparable from our daily lives. Yet, every day, there are new cases of digital rights abuse and misuse, and personal information, including our movements and communications, information being monitored, shared and sold without consent; social media being used as a tool of harassment and hate speech; and democratic processes and public opinion being undermined. The same human rights that people have offline must be protected online. Cities, as the closest democratic institutions to the people, feel an urge to protect these human rights. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Seats are limited, to attend this event you must register via eventbrite with this URL < https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-rights-in-cities-tickets-59381090440?aff=BetaNYC > =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Hosted by Mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam, Alby Bocanegra Interim CTO of New York City, Chris Williams Director of UN Habitat and Andrew Gilmour, UN Human Rights Assistant Secretary General, the seminar will introduce the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, and share strategies for cities to protect and advance digital rights. Academic experts, civil society leaders, and local policy makers will also participate. With fast technological advancements, equitable digital action plans are still a greenfield for policy makers. Two of our keynote speakers are calling forcefully for new policies, and will share their recommendations in their keynote speeches: Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy Research of AI Now have demonstrated how digital technologies are affecting equality of opportunities in our society. For example, job matching algorithms are discriminating less advantaged. Bianca Wiley, senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation has studied how technocratic decisions are harming the ability for people to influence the development of their city in democratic processes. In the second part of the seminar, Meghan McDermott, a Mozilla Fellow, will moderate a panel discussion about digital rights, municipal leadership, and the work of the coalition. On the stage, Alby Bocanegra, Interim Chief Technology Officer, City of New York City, Tamas Erkelens, Program Manager Data Innovation, City of Amsterdam, Chris Williams, Director of the UN-Habitat New York Office. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Seats are limited, to attend this event you must register via eventbrite with this URL < https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-rights-in-cities-tickets-59381090440?aff=BetaNYC > =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  • NYC School of Data 2019

    Galvanize - New York

    Join us on Saturday, 2 March 2019, for NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference kicks off NYC’s annual Open Data Week and features OVER 24 sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community for YOU! Our conversations and workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. This year’s conversations will focus on four key areas: digital literacy & privacy, smart & wise cities, effective & open government, and civic & government technology. All participants will be served a light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Thanks to Microsoft, we will continue to have on-site, free childcare staffed by professionals from Sitter Studios. Thanks to NYC Analytics for increasing government coordination to create a jam packed day of sessions, workshops, demos, lighting talks, and networking! ================================================ To attend, you must purchase a ticket via Eventbrite! https://nycsodata2019.eventbrite.com ================================================

  • #BetaBagels 002 — When operations meets data — Mayor's Office of Ops & MODA

    Manhattan Borough President's Office

    Next Tuesday, we're hosting a breakfast with the two Mayoral offices who are modernizing government for the digital age. For BetaBagels 002, we are bringing in two newly appointed-ish Mayoral Office directors. For the last few years, the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Data Analytics have worked hand in hand. While Ops makes informed policy decisions and strategic, targeted investments — MODA helps City agencies apply strategic analytical thinking to data, to deliver services more equitably and effectively, and to increase operational transparency. Together, these offices provide strategic thinking into government for the digital age. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= To attend, you must RSVP via Eventbrite at < https://betabagels002.eventbrite.com > =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  • NYC open data 104 - Mapping & analyzing NYC’s census and open data

    BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. This workshop will extend your understanding of data into the spatial dimension, teaching you to make maps using Carto, a web-based mapping platform. Specifically you will learn how to map NYC open data, import a boundary shapefile into a map, and join a boundary file with Census information in order to map socio-demographics of NYC communities. Come ready to take your understanding of data into the spatial realm! To participate in this class we highly recommend you bring a laptop and power adapter. This class will not work on Chromebooks, iOS phones or tablets, nor on Android devices. Class time 90 mins. We start promptly at 5:20. === To attend this event, you must register via eventbrite < https://nyc-open-data-104-civichall2018.eventbrite.com >. Tickets are free and our classroom is limited to 25 people. We're asking for a suggested donation of $30. === STATUS: beta! You can access our training material via this google drive link. Thank you Civic Hall for donating space to host our workshop. You should check out their near-daily newsletter, Civicist.

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  • NYC Open Data 103 - Diving into the city's open data portal & spreadsheets

    BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. This workshop will teach you how to navigate the NYC open data portal to find your desired datasets, and implement fundamental data analytics in Socrata and spreadsheets. Believe it or not, you will leave this workshop completely confident in your ability to create useful data summaries using the Roll-up in Socrata and Pivot table in Google Sheets. Be prepared to work on and off the computer, as mid-way through we join together for a tactile, hands-on data exercise. To participate in this class we highly recommend you bring a laptop and power adapter. This class will not work on Chromebooks, iOS phones or tablets, nor on Android devices. Class time 90 mins. We start promptly at 5:20. === Space is limited to 25 seats; to attend this meetup, you must register via eventbrite < https://nyc-open-data-103-civichall2018.eventbrite.com >. Also, there is a suggested donation of $30. === Thank you Civic Hall for donating space to host our workshop. You should check out their near-daily newsletter, Civicist.

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  • LYLAS Lab: Policy Hackathon on Reproductive Rights (Partner Event)

    **DESCRIPTION** Addressing some of today’s most relevant societal challenges can’t be solved by one discipline alone- LYLAS Labs empowers women to come together to solve modern societal and political challenges on interdisciplinary teams. Each team is armed with open data sources and paired with subject matter experts to propose creative solutions and frameworks. **About the Hackathon:** For its inaugural hackathon, LYLAS is partnering with the Flatiron School to host a reproductive rights policy hackathon. The goal is to develop content and prototypes to aide candidates and advocates with the tools they need to understand the policies, opinions, and current state of abortion across the nation. **Information for Participants:** Participants will be organized a week before the event into groups. Each group will be formed by the LYLAS Labs production team to ensure that each team is interdisciplinary and includes a flatiron technical expert. Starter packs will be given to each teams and include: public data sets, lists of reproductive health organization tools that already exist, advice on ideation techniques for team brainstorms and project execution. Throughout the day, teams will have access to subject matter experts at the event and opportunities for teams to “hack” the issue as well as pressure test their ideas with external experts on the project’s feasibility on real world application. The hackathon will bring ideas that will surely have potential to immediately impact your organizations and its role in the dissemination and public policy education pertaining to women’s rights and our vital upcoming elections. **Agenda:** 8AM Flatiron School’s Breakfast Mix and Mingle 9AM Introduction of sponsors and the project 10AM Hack! 12:30PM Flatiron School’s Lunch & Learn 1:30PM Hack! 5PM Team Presentations 7PM Awards and words from our Sponsors 8PM Happy Hour Celebration of Collaboration =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= To RSVP to this event & for more event details, visit < https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lylas-lab-policy-hackathon-on-reproductive-rights-tickets-49928964878 >

  • NYC Open Data 102 — Unlocking open data through data journeys

    BetaNYC has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help Community Boards access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. This 102 workshop will introduce an easy-to-use BoardStat tool to query 311- requests and explore trends in health, safety and quality of life concerns. Additional key datasets/ tools will also be reviewed. Come ready to learn and get right into datasets and graphs. Bring your laptop and be prepared to participate. Note - you do not need to attend 101 to attend 102. You will need to bring a laptop. **Things to bring** your laptop, power supply, and be prepared to participate. Note, some websites doesn’t work on tablets or phones with iOS or Android devices. We recommend a laptop with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= RSVP to this event via https://opendata102-sept2018.eventbrite.com =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=

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  • NYC Open Data 101 — Introducing open data w/ out computers

    BetaNYC has designed trainings and tools specifically intended to help New Yorkers access, analyze, map and use government data to inform decision-making. We hope you can join us and learn about the data you create. These insights come from a three year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office Gale A. Brewer. This 101 workshop will introduce the fundamentals, key terms, and processes you need to understand NYC’s open data. This workshop will focus on NYC 311 open data and a few key datasets/tools. Come ready to learn and get right into datasets. Note — you will not need a computer for this class. This is an interactive workshop to build up your literacy in key terms. **Things to bring** a notepad, a pen, or a your laptop, power supply, and be prepared to take notes. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= RSVP to this event at https://opendata101-sept2018.eventbrite.com =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=

  • #BetaBagels 001 — a breakfast briefing on #govtech innovation in Amsterdam

    Manhattan Borough President's Office

    BetaBagels is an experimental breakfast salon for change-makers and do-ers who have an interest in government & civic technology, data science, and service design. While this is our first one, we are looking to host monthly conversations with change-makers and do-ers who are transforming government from the inside out. We are inspired by our friends in LA who host Data + Donuts < https://datadonuts.la/ > BetaBagels is open to all and hosted by BetaNYC and the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. ==== To attend, you must RSVP via https://betabagels001.eventbrite.com ==== **Inaugural Speaker: Tamas Erkelens** “Tamas Erkelens has been Program Manager of Data Innovation at Amsterdam Municipality since 2016 and is a true believer in creating public value through data. His work focuses on using data to improve citizen services and connecting business, academia, and local government to citizen’s most pressing needs.” < https://whitehallmedia.co.uk/blog/2018/02/08/interview-tamas-erkelens-amsterdam/ > Amsterdam was awarded European Capital of Innovation in 2017 by the European Commission for its Digital Social Innovation approach. In Amsterdam’s government agile in house software developmers are creating solutions with policy experts and citizens. Overcoming barriers in a traditional organization, Tamas explains how Amsterdam in the past 3 years has created a tech savvy government (>200 civic tech staff) from scratch, why many great ideas have failed too, and what is yet to be done to solve more of citizens real problems. Data science can deliver results for social good, if applied correctly. Time series modeling to address over tourism in the city, machine learning to distribute 311 reports faster, and image recognition to prevent parking nuisance, are a couple of examples in Amsterdam. Combining data science with user centered front ends, teams of in house agile developers create products and services that respect people’s privacy and digital rights. After the presentation there’ll be a discussion how civic tech communities and local governments across the world can unite to create solutions together. This presentation will give us a snapshot of what is happening in Amsterdam and lessons we can bring to New York City. This presentation will be recorded. **About Tamas Erkelens** Aiming to add public value using data in Amsterdam, Tamas Erkelens heads the Program of Data Innovation for the City of Amsterdam. The program aims to kick start innovation projects, set the conditions for tech innovation, create a fertile civic tech community, and open policy challenges to partners. With a new progressive city government Tamas’ team aims to realize a very ambitious digital program. Previously, Tamas – graduated with honors as Research Master of Quantitative Social Sciences – has worked for ING as a Product Owner. Missing a moral balance in his life, he then started working for a better society, first as co-founder of Data Mission connecting nerds to societal problems, and since 2014 as a public servant. You can find Tamas in his spare time as a stereotypical ‘Dutchie’ riding his bicycle through the city. **Agenda:** 8:50 AM - Please cue up at the South Tower's security entrance 9:00 - Networking Breakfast — BAGELS, fruit, juice, and coffee 9:30 - Presentation 10:15 - Question and Answers and/or Additional Networking 11:00 - Event Ends ==== To attend, you must RSVP via https://betabagels001.eventbrite.com

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  • NYC Charter Revision Commission (Online) Town Hall

    Needs a location

    While NYC might not have direct democracy, it does have a Charter Revision Commission. This commision gives the people the power to rewrite the City’s constitution. In an era where democracy seems under attack, over the course of 24 months, NYC will have hosted TWO Charter Revision Commissions! Read more about the Charter Revision Commission via BetaNYC's blog. < https://beta.nyc/2018/09/19/nyc-charter-revision-commission-and-you/ > This town hall will be open for you to ask questions; visit BetNYC's website to see how to join the conversation. < https://beta.nyc/2018/09/19/nyc-charter-revision-commission-and-you/#Join_Town_Hall >

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