Monday, April 04, 2005

Upcoming hearings by the Committee on Technology in Government of the New York City Council (as of 4.4.05).

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Hello All,

The passage of Reso. No. 669 (, which calls for the wiring of all new affordable housing in NYC for broadband, received a substantial amount of press in the technology world. Here are links to some of those stories:

In the past few weeks, we have had some very promising discussions with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) on making more City-owned GIS data available to the general public. More details on this to come. To learn more about our recent GIS hearing, read the Gotham Gazette's story on the hearing as well as the briefing paper to the hearing.

The following is a link to the DoITT's strategic plan for the calendar year of 2005. Feel free to download and read.

The following is a list of our upcoming hearings. Please note that all Committee hearings are open to the general public. No RSVP is necessary.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 1 PM, Committee Room, City Hall, the Committee will hold an oversight entitled Review of the Integrated Human Services Project: Update and Future Plans. The goal of the hearing is to get an update on the progress of the system, to hear testimony about the necessity of the system, and to understand the importance of City government working with the nonprofit sector on this project.

Here is some information about the project from DoITT's strategic plan referenced above:

"This initiative is being co-led by DoITT and the Special Advisor to the Mayor on Governance and Strategic Planning. The project's goals include streamlining both the screening and eligibility determination processes for applicants seeking City services, and contract management functions within and across the City's thirteen human service agencies. By developing the capacity for secure communication of client, provider, and financial data among agencies and contractors, this effort will improve the City's ability to deliver cost-effective, efficient, and client-centered human services."

On Monday, May 2, 2005 at 10 AM, 14th Floor Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, the Committee on Technology in Government will hold a hearing entitled Review of the Administration’s Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development Study. Last year, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and DoITT commissioned a study of the telecommunications infrastructure of New York City and its role in promoting economic growth. This study will contain recommendations on improving New York City's telecommunications infrastructure in order to promote economic growth. At the hearing, there will be a discussion of whether the findings of the study are accurate and whether the recommendations contained in the study will improve the health of New York City businesses of all sizes, enhance the quality of life of all New Yorkers, as well as close the digital divide in New York City. Representatives of EDC and DoITT have been invited to testify, along with stakeholders from the private sector, telecommunications experts and nonprofit organizations interested in bridging the digital divide.

On Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 1 PM, 14th Floor Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, the Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the development of the New York City information technology (IT) industry. More details on this hearing to come.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 1 PM, Committee Room, City Hall, the Committee will hold an oversight hearing. Topic to be determined.


The following are four events you may be interested in attending.


Dear Instructional Technology Leader:

Announcing Tech to Go! IV

A FREE Citywide Instructional Technology Conference
Fordham University Regional Educational Technology Center
Saturday - April 9, 2005

Please consider attending - presenting - spreading the word.

Conference information website and call for presentations:

The Regional Educational Technology Center
Tel: (718) 817-3503


Grassroots Use of Technology Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Tang Center, Kendall Square, MIT

This is the 6th annual conference of Organizers' Collaborative
Keynote Speaker, Micah Sifry

More information about this event can be found at



How can broadband effectively enhance your business!

* April 19, 2005
* 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Continental breakfast served at 8am sharp.)
* Kaplan Manhattan Village Study Center, 16 Cooper Square (near Astor Place), New York, NY 10003
* Price: $35.00 per person (Non-refundable)

Co-hosted by ComputerUser Magazine and the New York State Forum, Rockefeller Institute of Government with generous support from U.S. Small Business Administration, NY District Office and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Kaplan, Inc.

The Chair of the Committee, Council Member Gale Brewer, will be speaking at this event at 9 AM.

To register, go to:


The Intelligent Community Forum Conference & Awards 2005
Building the Broadband Economy
June 13-14, 2005

Polytechnic University at MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, New York

"Building the Broadband Economy" is the 2005 edition of the Intelligent Community Forum’s annual conference and awards program taking place in New York City. It is produced in association with Polytechnic University’s Institute for Technology & Enterprise, New York’s premier research and education hub for bridging management and innovation.

Conference Focus

At "Building the Broadband Economy," we will once again bring together experts from across the globe to provide answers to vital questions:

What does it take to compete in the broadband economy?
How will broadband infrastructures change the communities we live in, the businesses that employ us, and our roles as citizens?
Who are becoming the winners and losers in the "Digital Age?"
"Building the Broadband Economy" examines these questions and others, including:

What are the most important online applications that are driving demand for broadband? How are they changing the way we live and work, start and manage businesses, and provide government services?

How are the world’s villages, towns and cities preparing their governments, businesses and citizens to prosper and grow in the broadband economy?

What can we learn from the broadband economy of the greater New York City region, home to the single greatest concentration of Internet capacity in America?

How are the broadband "have nots" staking their claim to a piece of the broadband economy, with the support of the public and private sectors?
For more information, go to the following links:


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 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, and 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.

Thank you. I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings.

Bruce Lai
Bruce Lai
Legislative Policy Analyst, Committee on Technology in Government
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Work: 212.788.9109
Fax: 212.788.9168

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