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Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of the New
York City Council (December 8, 2006).
The following are upcoming hearings to be convened by the Committee
on Technology in Government of the New York City Council. The Committee
is chaired by Council Member Gale A. Brewer (Manhattan, Council District
6). If you have any questions about the Committee's hearing schedule,
please contact Jeff Baker (jeffrey.baker-at-council.nyc.ny.us /
212-788-9193), Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government, or
Colleen Pagter (colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9085), Policy
Analyst to the Committee on Technology in Government. Feel free to
suggest potential hearing topics to Jeff and Colleen as well.
Apologies for the lateness of this notification.
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
On Wednesday, December 13 at 1 PM in the Committee Room, City Hall,
the Committee on Technology in Government will hold an oversight hearing
on the topic of "Data Security and Privacy - Protecting Personal
Information." This will be the initial hearing on how City government
protects the personal information of New York City residents. The
Department of Information Technology & Telecommunication (DoITT) as well
as technology, public interest, and security and privacy advocates have
been invited to testify.
If you are interested in learning more about hearings to be convened
by the Committee on Technology in Government, please contact Colleen
Pagter (colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9085), Policy Analyst
to the Committee on Technology in Government.
On November 15, the City Council passed Reso. No. 425
which calls "upon the Public Service Commission to allow individual
apartments to access real-time energy pricing through the use of smart
meters." Council Member Brewer was the prime sponsor of this legislation.
The following is a link to a Gotham Gazette article on the above
resolution and the use of smart meters to conserve energy.
Broadband Advisory Committee
In December 2005, with Council Member Gale Brewer as the prime
sponsor, the New York City Council passed Int. No. 625-2005, now Local
to establish a Broadband Advisory Committee. The committee will review
the ways and methods of using municipal resources to accelerate the
build-out of current, any emerging or newly developed broadband
technologies and other advanced telecommunications and information
services, such as cable, broadband over power lines, or wireless
technologies within the city of New York. The Committee will report its
findings and recommendations to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council
as well as hold public hearings in each borough to educate the public.
Council Member Brewer and I have been working diligently with the
Speaker's office and the Mayor's office to appoint a diverse group of
qualified individuals to this Committee. We are working closely with
the Office of the Bronx Borough President to hold the first Advisory
Committee hearing in Bronx Borough Hall. The first meeting of the
Broadband Advisory Committee has been tentatively set for January or
February of 2007. Please stay tuned for forthcoming details.
Nokia's Park Wifi Website
Nokia is helping to bring free Park WiFi networks to 10 major parks
in New York City. Central Park and Battery Park launched in August
followed by several other parks, including Union Square Park, Prospect
Park and Corona Flushing Meadows, to be connected in Fall 2006. Access
to the Park WiFi network and services is possible with Nokia Nseries
products that have Wireless LAN capabilities built in. To learn more go
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:
All Committee briefing papers from the current session (beginning in
January 2004) are also available through this 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. I will put them on the list. Finally, feel
free to post this information on any list serve you may belong to or on
any website you are affiliated with. If you do not want to receive
these e-mails anymore, please e-mail me, and I will take you off the
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings!
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS
City Hall: 212.788.6975
District Office: 212.873.0282
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