a nurd, an organizer, a mechanic, a tourist, & perpetual civic servent.

You’re not going to teach a coal miner to code. Mark Zuckerberg says you teach them [people] to code and everything will be great. I don’t know how to break it to you … but no.

Michael Bloomberg: You can’t teach a coal miner to code — Tech News and Analysis

Gentrification is over. It’s gone. And it’s been gone since the dawn of the twenty-first century. Gentrification itself has been gentrified, pushed out of the city and vanished. I don’t even like to call it gentrification, a word that obscures the truth of our current reality. I call it hyper-gentrification.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: On Spike Lee & Hyper-Gentrification, the Monster That Ate New York

As I say goodnight to my island of ancestry, I will think about my maternal & paternal families & the unflinching love that they spread across the world.

This trip has been a solid head check into the future I want to build. For the next few months, I will meditate on how to bring this energy into everything that I do.

Good night my island of enchantment. (at Funeraria Moca Memorial)

Yes, please.

(Source: tncypk, via dpstyles)

We are seeing a rising trend of what can be termed “open-washing” (inspired by “greenwashing“) – meaning data publishers that are claiming their data is open, even when it’s not – but rather just available under limiting terms. If we – at this critical time in the formative period of the data driven society – aren’t critically aware of the difference, we’ll end up putting our vital data streams in siloed infrastructure built and owned by international corporations. But also to give our praise and support to the wrong kind of unsustainable technological development.

“Open-washing” – The difference between opening your data and simply making them available | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

We have technology rapidly moving ahead in terms of its ability to gather information about people,” said state Representative Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Democrat who filed the bill along with state Senator Cynthia Creem of Newton, Brookline and Wellesley. “We need to have a conversation about how to balance ­legitimate uses of this technology with protecting people’s ­legitimate expectation of privacy.

A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry | BetaBoston

In order to even begin exploring the city’s other options, New Yorkers first have to stop deluding themselves into believing that today’s hyper-gentrification is the same old thing. We all have to stop saying, “New York always changes, so this is normal.” This is not normal. This is state sponsored, corporate driven, turbo charged, far flung, and impossible to stop in its current form. Hyper-gentrification is the Thing That Ate New York, the Blob, the choose your monster-movie metaphor, an ever-growing, ever-devouring beast that will not be satisfied until there’s nothing left.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: On Spike Lee & Hyper-Gentrification, the Monster That Ate New York

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Great news from our friends at Personal Democracy Media!!!
in the meantime, Loeb has one piece of advice for cosmologists. “Until proven wrong, we should assume we are not special.”

What if we’’ve misunderstood our place in the universe? A Harvard astronomer thinks we have.

BetaNYC's Statement of support for the Mayor's Vision Zero Report & the release of data



Date: Monday, 23 Feb 2014

From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC

To: NY City Council joint hearing on Mayor’s Vision Zero report.

Subject: In support of the Mayor’s Vision Zero report, particularly tools for data and engagement to empower local decision making capabilities.

NY City Council wants to be more responsive

On Monday, February 24th, at 2pm, the NY City Council’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will hold a public hearing on the question: “What changes in the City Council’s Rules can make a more responsive, transparent, and effective legislature?” The hearing will be in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

If you can not participate physically, you can participate virtually. Join the conversation on the Council’s website.

The idea of being fined for crossing the road at the wrong place can bemuse foreign visitors to the US, where the origins of so-called jaywalking lie in a propaganda campaign by the motor industry in the 1920s.

BBC News - Jaywalking: How the car industry outlawed crossing the road


DoITT recently updated and automated a number of datasets, including the Department of Health and Mental Health’s flu vaccine locations and farmers market locations, the Department of Sanitation’s monthly tonnages and graffiti removal, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s lost property and active drivers, among others. The real time information in these datasets begins to tell the story of our city – from over 2,000 medical providers participating in NYC REACH, to over 51,000 active medallion taxi drivers, and the 140 farmers markets located across the city.

Monthly Tonnages, Department of Sanitation

Graffiti Information, Department of Sanitation

Lost Property Contact Information, Taxi and Limousine Commission

Active Medallion Drivers, Taxi and Limousine Commission

Authorized Medallion Vehicles, Taxi and Limousine Commission

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Locations, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Farmers Markets, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC REACH (Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health) Participants, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Visit the NYC OpenData portal at to access these new datasets and much more. 

Photo credit: littleny

Code Across NYC 2014 is next weekend!


Join us on 22 Feb for #CodeAcrossNYC 2014. This is a two day prototype-athon taking NYC’s open government data and making it useful for NY City Council, their staff, and NYC’s Community Boards. In partnership with the Manhattan Borough President’s office, several City Council members and…

A special message from NYC BigApps 2014! Register to be a mentor.


NYC BigApps launched in 2009 with a mission to open City data to the public. The competition is now the premier civic technology initiative of the City of New York. We pose a single question to our hundreds of annual participants: can you make NYC better with technology?


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