34 posts categorized "Web/Tech"


Wireless Access: Mayor Launches Free WiFi on Market Street

17dec2013_SF_wifiMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) service along Market Street – the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor. Starting in the Castro neighborhood and ending at The Embarcadero along the entire Market Street corridor, Wi-Fi access will be accessible to everyone with a smart phone, laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.

“Nearly a quarter-million people walk down Market Street every day, and now they will be able to connect to the Internet through our free public Wi-Fi,” said Mayor Lee. “Providing Wi-Fi on our City’s main busy thoroughfare is a big first step towards a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bridging the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation.” Read more.


Technology Access: Mayor Launches First Living Innovation Zone

Technology_29oct12Mayor Edwin M. Lee today, as part of Innovation Month, officially opened the nation's first Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) – an enterprise that links partners with the City to sponsor the installation of innovative exhibit spaces that make science and technology more accessible in public for the public. The first Zone, a partnership with the Exploratorium and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD), is being launched on Market Street and Yerba Buena Lane.

"This unique initiative brings innovation that is sometimes behind closed doors and brings it out into the light of day where we can all learn and be inspired by it," said Mayor Lee. "I'm excited to see our sidewalks come alive with new ideas, and I believe it is initiatives like these that underscore our commitment to innovation and helps secure our reputation as the Innovation Capital of the World." Read more.


Public Safety: Mayor Lee Launches Law Enforcement Data Initiative

10sept13_justice_mobileMayor Edwin M. Lee and Attorney General Kamala Harris today launched the JusticeMobile mobile application and announced the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to be the first police department in the State of California to launch JusticeMobile law enforcement data initiative on a smartphone. SFPD’s Technology Division joined forces with the Mayor’s Office, the California Department of Justice and technology companies through the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) to develop the first smartphone in the country to contain local, state and federal law enforcement data. The JusticeMobile smartphones will be in the hands of all San Francisco police officers assigned to San Francisco streets by the end of the year. Read more.


Online Access: City and Google Partner to Offer Free WiFi in SF Parks

Wifi_24jul13Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a plan to introduce free wireless Internet access to parks and recreation centers across San Francisco. The plan is being made possible because of a gift from Google which will cover for 2 years the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of the wireless network.
Supervisor Farrell introduced the plan stating that “San Francisco should be a leader for bringing technology solutions to its residents and improving their quality of life on a day-to-day basis... There are so many added benefits – it will help bridge the digital divide, it will empower local residents and community groups who will have access at local parks, and it will help Recreation and Park Department staff sign up kids for camps and recreation programs with Internet speed many people would be shocked doesn’t already exist.”
Mayor Ed Lee also celebrated the plan as a “great example of public-private partnerships that are key to the delivery of better services for our residents”.


Driving Innovation: Mayors Lee and Bloomberg to Co-Host Tech Summit

Driving Innovation: Mayors Lee and Bloomberg to Co-Host Tech SummitToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that they will co-host the second annual Bloomberg Technology Summit to bring together technology and business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the nation's top digital cities and examine what other cities can do to grow their tech sectors and enjoy the economic benefits that come with it. 

The announcement was made at Square headquarters in San Francisco, a company that builds technology to make commerce easy for everyone. The first session of the summit will take place in New York City on September 30th, and the second session will occur in San Francisco early in 2014.The event is being co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi). Read more.