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Digitizing the Big Apple

From ‘The Big Apple’ and ‘Empire City’ to ‘Gotham’ and ‘The City That Never Sleeps,’ New York City has worn many hats over the years. With the release of NYC Digital‘s roadmap, NYC hopes to add ‘The Digital City’ to its nickname collection.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne announced the city’s comprehensive strategy to unlocking NYC’s digital future in its “Roadmap for the Digital City: Achieving New York City’s Digital Future.” Established last summer, NYC Digital seeks to create a “healthier civil society and stronger democracy through the use of technology that engages, serves, and connects citizens.” Mayor Bloomberg explained the context behind the agency’s planned initiatives:

New York City has taken great strides in the last nine years with digital innovation. More than 25 million people visit NYC.gov each year, which is nearly the same amount of people who come to Central Park. This digital roadmap paves the way for the coming years of innovation in City government and demonstrates the importance of everyone having access to new technological advancements and resources.

In collaboration with city agencies, public and private sectors, and citizens, the 90-day report consists of four pillars: Access, Open Government, Engagement, and Industry. With these pillars, NYC seeks to improve the lives of New Yorkers by increasing its transparency, engagement, efficiency, accessibility, and innovation. To do this, the city will unveil new social media partnerships. Listed among these possible partnerships was SeeClickFix.

There is a wide range of additional digital tools that the City of New York is currently evaluating for use by agencies, including platforms that support civic engagement, community, creativity, and sustainability, such as Catchafire, Kickstarter, Meetup, and SeeClickFix.

With SeeClickFix, the city can engage with residents in a more efficient and transparent manner, and allow citizens to connect with their government and each other about issues in their neighborhoods. We’re excited to see how NYC transforms itself with technology and hope to support the city on its digital journey! View the full document here.

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