I've recently started to follow and correspond with the NYC.gov - [no, I'm not saying I've been talking to them in person] - I've been following their Chief Digital Officer on Twitter. Her name is Rachel Sterne, and, apparently, we have a lot in common: she wants to bring the bikes into the city - [make NYC a very bike-friendly place] - I do too! She wants to make NYC digitally-friendly - like give New Yorkers the tools to improve the connectivity and awareness among the residents of what's happening around - [e.g. introducing WiFi everywhere, including parks] - I do too! I'm tired of my lost signal on subway.
Actually, the way she - and Michael Bloomberg - state it, they want to make New York City "the world's leading digital city" - and I do too! Basically, we have a lot of things in common, we practically think alike. So, this is what in 'our' plans:
To focus on: Access to Technology, Open Government, Engagement and Industry. It's all outlined in Road Map for the Digital City.
To improve New Yorkers' experience of engaging digitally with New York City government by making every interaction simpler, faster and more meaningful - for every individual. That includes:
-Reinvent NYC.GOV, the plan to rearchitect and redesign nyc.gov
-Support and training for the managers of over 200 City social media channels
-Engage NYC: Social Media for Government, our first digital training summit for City Employees
-SMART, the Social Media Advisory and Research Taskforce, which pursues new tools and policies on behalf of City agencies
-Digital Partnerships with Bitly, Facebook, Foursquare, NextPoint, Tumblr and Twitter
-Implementation of citywide digital media monitoring and measurement platforms
-Technology community engagement and event participation
-Social media strategy and protocol for emergency situations
-Expansion of NYC OpenData
-Pursuing .nyc, the first Top Level Domain for an American city
-Reinvent NYC.GOV, the City of New York's first hackathon
-Provide individualized consultation to agencies seeking digital strategy guidance.
Basically, we have a lot in common, including the Twitter that both of us use on a regular basis...I guess it'd be one busy year...
Do you have a suggestion on how to improve NYC's digital space?