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Oct. 17, 2014 12:13 pm

Discuss these Brooklyn open gov projects at Technical.ly’s ‘Rise’

Open government is a key theme of next week's Rise conference on civic innovation.
What hacking for #opengov can look like. City of Water Day, from Brooklyn Atlantis.

What hacking for #opengov can look like. City of Water Day, from Brooklyn Atlantis.

(Photo courtesy of NYU Poly)

Next week, technologists who care about the way that innovation can make cities better, stronger and more livable for everyone (not just the tech scene), will descend on Philadelphia for Technical.ly’s Rise conference.

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One topic that will come up over the course of the two days is transparency in government. If that’s a topic you’re interested in, have a look at Technical.ly Philly’s story about the departure of Mark Headd from the City of Philadelphia. He was the city’s first Chief Data Officer, and his story is illustrative of the fact that in some fights within government, sometimes the existing bureaucracy wins.

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Headd will be on the #OpenGov panel, alongside reps from Code for DC, the Sunlight Foundation and Philadelphia’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Here in Brooklyn, we’ve followed ways in which technologists are opening up data, whether government likes it or not. From the first civic hack night we visited, where data experts looked for ways around, for example, the NYPD’s insistence on sharing information in cumbersome, non-searchable PDFs, we’ve seen talented technologists opening up public information.

On the other side of this conversation, however, some data is sensitive. Downtown’s NYU Poly is one of the leaders in training digital Spartans to defend the public’s information against the hordes of Internet invaders.

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If this is a conversation that you’d like to have more of in real life, consider taking the train to Philadelphia and taking part in Rise next week. (There’s a discount code for you up at the top right.)

Rise is sponsored by Comcast, the Fels Institute of Government, the Knight Foundation and NYU Poly.

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