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May 17, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

New York, NY: A Digital City

Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg unveiled New York City’s “Road Map for the Digital City” The report came about after a 90-day review and input period led by the City’s first chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne.  The plan states that

Maintaining digital ‘public spaces’ such as nyc.gov or 311 Online is equally important as maintaining physical public spaces like Prospect Park or the New York Public Library. Both digital and physical should be welcoming, accessible, cared for, and easy to navigate. Both must provide value to New Yorkers. And for both, regular stewardship and improvements are a necessity.

The Road Map for the Digital City outlines a path to build on New York City’s successes and establish it as the world’s top-ranked Digital City, based on indices of Internet access, Open Government, citizen engagement, and digital industry growth.

Included in the Road Map are plans to:

  • Introduce Wi-Fi in more public spaces, including parks
  • Launch official Facebook presence to engage New Yorkers
  • Launch a Foursquare badge that encourages use of New York City’s free public places
  • Integrate crowdsourcing tools for emergency situations

(via: Anil Dash, TechCrunch)

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