New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos


<P>Technology is the great equalizer. In a world where knowledge is power, the Internet provides access to an information superhighway where anyone can learn anything from a better golf swing to a new programming language which provides them with a marketable skill and access to new jobs.</P><P>As a student at the&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Bronx High School of Science</strong></a>, having access to the Internet gave me the opportunity to found a technology consulting firm, featured in the&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_BLANK"><strong>New York Times</strong></a>. My firm went on to provide services to the&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>New York Football Giants</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Pfizer Pharmaceuticals</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http:/; target="_BLANK"><strong>North Shore University Hospital</strong></a>&nbsp;and the State University of New York at&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Albany</strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Buffalo</strong></a>. After financing my education, I used these skills to found&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong></strong></a>, which has recently partnered with&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong></strong></a>&nbsp;for a global shared law,&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong></strong></a>&nbsp;to help 12 million New Yorkers verify their voter registrations, and <A HREF="; TARGET="_BLANK"><STRONG></STRONG></A> to put all the voting records for the New York City and State Legislators online for free.</P><P>As your City Council member I will leverage technology to make our government is <strong>transparent, accountable, and open</strong>. We will make City Hall <strong>transparent</strong> by adopting&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Open Government Data Principles</strong></a>, so that information like our laws and our budgets will be made freely available to the public to use in making government <strong>accountable</strong> with projects like <a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Open Congress</strong></a>, <a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong></strong></a> and <a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Project Sunlight</strong></a>. I will also fight to open the flood gates of knowledge by supporting our public libraries and advocating for free universal wireless so that every New York City resident has the same opportunity to learn from these valuable resources. I will also advocate for use of&nbsp;<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)</strong></a>&nbsp;in government to save billions a year, reinvigorate New York City's technology sector, and to create new jobs in a City that once boasted "<a href="; target="_BLANK"><strong>Silicon Alley</strong></a>."</P><P><EM>Many of the ideas from this platform have already been partially adopted by Mayor Mike Bloomberg as part of his initiative for a "<A HREF="; TARGET="_BLANK"><STRONG>Connected City</STRONG></A>."</EM></P> UES Council Candidate Uses Tech Background to Connect with Voters by Eliza Fawcett

UES Council Candidate Uses Tech Background to Connect with Voters

Call it City Council 2.0. Ben Kallos, a Democratic candidate for the District 5 City Council seat, is using his experience as a tech entrepreneur to run a campaign promising everything from publishing city records online to expanding Internet service to serve more low-income families.

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As we’ve reported, though, the proposed text looks a bit different than the version that cleared the committee earlier this year — for example, it cut two paragraphs that promoted open-source software. That’s not exactly music to the ears of open government advocates — one, for example, told us that a government pivot to open source would be a cost-saver and potential job creator.

The Epoch Times Tech Sector Writing the Code for New York Politicians by Zachary Stieber

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Tech’s Influence on Elections

Some candidates are already on board, like Benjamin Kallos, who is running for City Council’s Upper East Side 5th District.

Kallos already advocates for tech-friendly policies. He said the city needs to lessen its dependence on the real estate and finance industries, and focus more on the tech sector. His suggestion, among others, is to provide $50,000 micro-seed grants for startups. Office of the Mayor Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Connected City Initiative by Stu Loeser

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Connected City Initiative

New Technological Capabilities, Spanning All Aspects of City Services, Will Make City Government More Accessible and Accountable 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the Connected City Initiative, a series of technology programs to transform the ways in which New Yorkers can interact with – and expect the delivery of services from – City government. Building upon successful projects that have made New York City a pioneer in using technology to improve public services, the Mayor outlined a series of initiatives to make City government more accessible and accountable. They include providing a new iPhone application for New Yorkers to report issues and send photos to 311 with specific location details using GPS technology – an idea championed by Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Gale Brewer; increasing the number of New Yorkers with access to Electronic Health Records; and eliminating many of the bureaucratic barriers to starting a small business. Additional aims include increasing the use of social networking to improve government efficiency; making the City more sustainable by consolidating data centers citywide and promoting the use of electronic mailings; and increasing broadband adoption among low-income New Yorkers. The Mayor made the announcement at the IBM SmarterCities Forum in Manhattan.


“Every day, new technological innovations help make information flow faster, systems work better and our lives a little easier,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “But often, when it comes to adopting new technology, governments lag behind the private sector and even the casual consumer because they are unwilling or unable to try something new and change the way things have always been done. That’s small-minded thinking. In serving the public, government should constantly be looking for new and better ways to provide information and services. The creation of 311 was a major advancement in that effort, but we never stop looking for ways to improve. The programs of the Connected City Initiative represent the latest steps we’re taking to employ technology to serve New Yorkers better.