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Help Elect a NYTM Member to NYC Council / Endorsed by RMS Yesterday

From: Benjamin K.
Sent on: Friday, March 8, 2013 11:02 AM

For those of you who don't know me, I am a NYTM member, Drupal developer, and tech policy activist, and I am running for City Council.

You can support our campaign by joining us Monday night at 7pm at 18 E18th Street 4E, where long-time NYC progressive leader Mark Green will be speaking. Please help us bring forward-thinking tech policy to the City Council.

Big tech update yesterday: We are thrilled to have received the endorsement of Richard Stallman (rms), the founder of GNU/Linux and the Free Software movement. You can read about the endorsement on Slashdot.

The "Tech Candidate": Long before this big endorsement, I had been tagged as the "tech candidate" for City Council. Check out the tech updates from our March newsletter below and share your ideas about how we can use tech to improve our City.

What if a free and and open source (FOSS) developer ran for office, say City Council?  What kind of "openness" and "freedom" could they bring to government?  As the only FOSS developer, or tech entrepreneur for that matter, running for City Council, we are asking just that.  We've emerged as the "tech candidate" with recognition in the Epoch Times and are sharing our vision for the City at OpenNY Meetup: State of Civic Technology w/ 2013 Goals & #NYTMvotes and Wikipedia Day Lightning Talk

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OpenNY Meetup: State of Civic Technology w/ 2013 Goals & #NYTMvotes   NY Tech Meetup Platform for 2013   Wikipedia Day Lightning Talk on

As we strive to be "open" and "free," our campaign has always had an "open platform" where you can vote, comment, and suggest your own solutions.  The "open platform" solution to bringing openness and transparency to politics seems to have started to catch on.  Earlier this year, NY Tech Meetup, launched their own version, where many of our ideas have already been adopted and where we have posted more.  Please join the conversation on our open platform or on NY Tech Meetup. We pledge to adopt both.

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