Open Technology City Council Reforms Applauded by Council Member Ben Kallos

New York, New York (May 14, 2014) – Following the announcement of the City Council's rules reforms, the following statement on technological reforms can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos (District Five):

 

We are calling these technological reforms to the Council rules City Council2.0, for a body that is boldly moving  into the 21st Century. The next iteration of government uses technology to empower New York City residents with information and tools they need to have a dedicated civic role. Legislation is the source code for the laws that operate our government. By opening up the legislative process with an open API (application program interface) we can empower civic hackers and entrepreneurs to create applications that make our government accessible and accountable to all New Yorkers. I applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito and all the Council Members who collaborated on rules reform for taking a technological leap forward by specifying that the City Council must open its data to the public.