34 posts categorized "Web/Tech"


Internet Legislation: Mayor's Statement on SOPA & PIPA

Mayor's Statement on SOPA and PIPAMayor Lee today issued the following statement on two bills currently being considered in Congress – U.S. House of Representatives H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and U.S. Senate S.968 Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA):

“Innovative technology and new media companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation are creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs and driving our economic recovery. While protecting intellectual property against piracy is extremely important, we must not take steps that stifle the free exchange of information on the internet or harm critical engines for jobs and economic growth. Read more.


Innovation in Government: Mayor Announces Technology Partnership

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Edwin M. Lee today announced today a partnership with Code for America to launch the world’s first Civic Startup Accelerator. Based in downtown San Francisco, the Code for America Accelerator will support entrepreneurs that launch companies to make City government more responsive, efficient and connected. Tapping into the high tech entrepreneurial spirit and talent in San Francisco to improve government is included in Mayor Lee’s 17-Point Roadmap to Good Jobs and Opportunity.

“San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries and made our City a hub for innovation,” said Mayor Lee. “The challenge now is to bring those same disruptive technologies to make government more accountable and engaged, and make San Francisco, the world’s first City 2.0.” Read more.


Mayor Launches Mobile Application for City Government

MBL-center2Mayor Lee today launched a mobile application that can be used to quickly access key City information and services on a smartphone anytime, anywhere. The SFGov mobile app simplifies and streamlines City agency published online content.

The SFGov mobile application will make government more responsive and City services easier to access for all San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is leading the way in creating innovative tools like the SFGov app. This, combined with our City’s Open Data Policy, is making San Francisco the true leader in Open Government and Gov 2.0.”

The application is available for iPhone, Android and can be accessed via a browser on any mobile devices. To download, install or access this and other mobile applications visit our Mobile Center - http://sfgov.org/mobile


City Announces $7.9 Million Federal Grant to Improve Broadband Technology Access

San Francisco Announces $7.9 Million Federal Grant to Improve Broadband Technology Access San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations will benefit from a broad-reaching stimulus fund grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Mayor Newsom today announced award of the $7.9 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) competitive grant to increase access to technology. Entitled the San Francisco Community Broadband Opportunity Program (SF CBOP), the project is part of a nation-wide effort to increase sustainable adoption of high-speed Internet applications and encourage subscribership to broadband services. The program will provide extensive training, computers, and broadband connections throughout San Francisco, through partnering organizations, including senior centers, adult day and supportive housing sites, after school programs, youth organizations, digital media partners, and City College of San Francisco.

“San Francisco is at the center of the information and communications revolution that is changing the world, but too many people still don’t have access to broadband technology,” said Mayor Newsom. “I would like to thank Secretary Locke and the NTIA for their vision in awarding this grant, and Speaker Pelosi for her support and leadership.” Read more.


Mayor Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency

Mayor Newsom Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency First APPNation Conference highlights San Francisco as center of fast-growing app economy.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined regional and national app developers at the inaugural APPNation Conference to announce new open data legislation. The new “OpenGov” legislation aims to enhance open government, transparency, and accountability by requiring City agencies and departments to provide permanent data sources.

“San Francisco’s world class technology community will take City data we collect and develop new and innovative applications that will serve the public better and transform government,” said Mayor Newsom. “This new legislation not only fundamentally changes how we think about City government departments and the data they collect, but also leverages existing resources to improve the quality of life, stimulate industry and even create jobs in the booming software application industry.”

In 2009, Mayor Newsom issued an Open Data Executive Directive requiring City departments to make all non-confidential datasets under their authority available on DataSF.org, the city’s one stop web site for government data. More than 50 applications have been created from the City’s data (including Routesy, SFPark, CrimeMapping and Mom Maps) and are featured in the DataSF App Showcase (datasf.org/showcase). There are dozens more in the pipeline. Read more.