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NYC LOCAL: Monday 15 May 2006: New York City Council Hearing on Wireless
NYC LOCAL: Monday 15 May 2006: New York City Council Hearing on Wireless in Parks
13 May 2006 04:41:05 -0400
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Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 10:59:42 -0400
From: Bruce Lai <email@example.com>
Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of New York
City Council (May 12, 2006).
I just wanted to remind everyone of our upcoming hearing on wireless
Internet access in New York City parks on Monday, May 15 at 1 PM in the
Committee Room, City Hall. Apologies for the lateness of this
reminder. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Baker
(firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-788-9193), Counsel to the
Committee on Technology in Government, or Colleen Pagter
<mailto:email@example.com>), Policy Analyst to the
Committee on Technology in Government.
On Monday, May 15, 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Committee Room, City Hall,
the Committee on Technology in Government, chaired by Council Member
Gale Brewer, will be holding a joint oversight hearing with the
Committee on Parks, chaired by Council Member Helen Foster of the Bronx,
on the topic of wireless Internet access in New York City parks. The
Parks Department, the Central Park Conservancy and several private
technology providers are expected to testify.
On Thursday, May 18, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, the Council Chambers, City
Hall, the Committee on Land Use and the Committee on Technology in
Government will hold the Executive Budget Hearing with the Department of
Information Technology and Telecommunications.
As always, the public is welcome. No RSVP is necessary.
The following are some events that might interest you:
Personal Democracy Forum 2006 Conference
The third annual Personal Democracy Forum will take place Monday,
May 15, 2006 and will feature leaders from all segments of the
political, business, technology and blogosphere arenas. This is where
the latest cutting-edge developments in political technology hits the
If you want to learn how to optimize the use of technology in your
campaigns, how to master the new media system of blogs, podcasting,
mobile phones and online video; and how to raise money, move messages
and impact voting more effectively, PDF 2006 is the place to be.
We're excited to announce that Eliot Spitzer, New York's Attorney
General, will be keynoting.
We'll be focusing on four emerging trends this year:
* The maturing of blogs as powerbrokers and media-makers.
* Promising new experiments in tuning social networking tools for
* New tools for political communication, including podcasting,
videoblogging, mobile phones and word-of-mouth.
* Why increasing traffic to your own website is not enough; taking
advantage of the Internet as a platform.
We'll also feature an intensive set of workshops where you can learn
from a cross-spectrum of expert practitioners how to optimize your
online list-building and fundraising, how to best spend scarce online
advertising dollars, how to make bloggers your allies, and what kinds of
tools campaigns need and want. For details on the conference program, go
Council Member Gale Brewer will be speaking at the following event.
The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a ribbon cutting
ceremony Thursday May 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm in the HUB commercial area of
the South Bronx. At this time we would ask you to help us inaugurate
SoBRO and Urban Communication Transport Corp.'s official launch of its
first, of what we plan to be many Wi-Fi "Hot Spots," throughout the
Borough of the Bronx. This initial Hot Spot will broadcast from the
roof top of our corporate headquarters located at 555 Bergen Avenue.
Through this initiative, SoBRO and its partner Urban Communications
Transport Corp. , a New York City broadband Internet service provider
located in the South Bronx and dedicated to serving all communities of
color, will make available free internet access for South Bronx
residents throughout a four square block area in the heart of the new
"Downtown Bronx". This partnership between a non-profit economic
development corporation and a for profit ISP corporation affirms that
broadband internet access is a critical necessity for all families,
particularly low-income households that need the same access to
information and leading edge technology as every American family.
During the ceremony, we will be broadcasting a live feed of the
activities through the internet.
Building the Broadband Economy 2006
June 8-9, 2006 - New York City
The 2006 edition of the Intelligent Community Forum's Building the
Broadband Economy conference will take place on Thursday-Friday, June
8-9, 2006 in New York City.
Keynote speakers will include Jerry MacArthur Hultin, president of
Polytechnic University and former undersecretary of the US Navy, and
William Eggers, Global Director, Deloitte Research - Public Sector and
author of Government 2.0.
The conference will also feature one-on-one discussions with the Top
Seven Intelligent Communities, announced by ICF in January 2006.
Produced in association with Polytechnic University, Building the
Broadband Economy is a meeting place and "idea exchange" for government
officials from around the world and their private-sector partners in
telecom, IT, consulting, finance and real estate. All are drawn to the
conference by the shared challenge facing communities today: to "adapt
or die" in the broadband economy of the 21st Century.
The ICF conference provides attendees with an international
perspective, fosters innovation and helps break down the barriers to
cooperation between the public and private sectors. It also attracts
sponsorship from leading technology and communications providers
including Intel, Microsoft, Deloitte, Alcatel, Verizon and Intelsat.
Contributing organizations in 2006 include The Innovation Groups,
National Association of Workforce Boards, Pacific Telecommunications
Council and World Teleport Association.
To learn more, visit http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/.
The following is a resource that might interest you:
Tech News: Enhancing Human Services Through Technology, a free
online newsletter designed specifically for the nonprofit community,
offers valuable and up-to-date information on technology issues facing
the nonprofit sector (http://www.uwnyc.org/technews). Published by
United Way of New York City every month and supported by IBM, Tech News
conveys how technology can best enhance the management and delivery of
client focused services, assists organizations with technology
questions, and provides agencies with concrete answers to connect and
exchange information about technology needs and interests. Tech News
provides subscribers the opportunity to learn more about upcoming
technology events, search the Link Library, view an online compilation
of direct links to technology resources for nonprofits, and conduct
additional research by browsing past articles of Tech News. Visit Tech
News at http://www.uwnyc.org/technews.
Below is a link to a policy article that the Council Member and I
wrote re: the role of municipal government in promoting universal
affordable access to broadband in New York City. Some of the
recommendations are obsolete at this point (such as the passage of Int.
No 625 as this was passed and signed in December 2005), but the basic
argument remains the same. If you want the PDF version, please e-mail
me, and I will send it to you.
Here is an article that might interest you re: our office's new one
laptop, one student initiative on the West Side of Manhattan. Contact
Tyler Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org
<mailto:email@example.com> / 212.788.6975) for more information.
About the New York City Council's Committee on Technology in Government
The primary goals of the Committee on Technology in Government are
(1) to expand digital equality by increasing access to broadband in
underserved communities of New York City (2) to increase the strategic
use of technology in government, thereby, increasing efficiency in
government and enhancing the quality of public services, and (3) to
promote the openness and transparency of government by making sure that
public information is accessible to every New York City resident.
Through its ability to hold oversight hearings over City agencies and
introduce and hear legislation, the Committee on Technology in
Government works to achieve its goals in partnership with the private,
public and nonprofit sectors.
More information about the Committee and the Chair of the
Committee, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, can be found at the following
All Committee briefing papers from the current session (beginning in
January 2004) are also available at this link.
If you know of people who would be interested in the Committee on
Technology in Government's activities, please feel free to forward this
e-mail to them. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these
e-mails, just have them e-mail me. I will be put them on the list.
Finally, feel free to post this information on any listserve you may
belong to or on any website you are affiliated with.
If you do not want to receive these e-mails anymore, please e-mail
me, and I will take you off the list immediately.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you at one of Committee's
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS
City Hall: 212.788.6975
Secondary Cell: 917.407.1600
District Office: 212.873.0282
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Jay Sulzberger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
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