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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference concludes NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features 60+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society New York Chapter).

To attend, you need to purchase tickets via eventbrite. Venue is fully accessible and content is all ages friendly — free, professional on-site childcare is provided for ALL participants! If you have accessibility questions or needs, please email us at < schoolofdata@beta.nyc >.

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Recorded & Livestreamed [clear filter]
Saturday, March 7
 

10:00am EST

Opening Remarks & Keynote
Kickoffs and introductions to the day with visions from the future from,
* Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, author of NYC's open data law
* Commissioner Jessica Tisch, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
* NYC's Chief Analytics Officer Kelly Jin
* Mary Lu Bilek, CUNY Law School, Dean
* Mutale Nkonde, Founding President of AI for the People, and Fellow at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
* Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC
* Gabrielle Langston, Civic Innovation Fellow from BetaNYC

Moderators
avatar for Noel Hidalgo

Noel Hidalgo

Executive Director, BetaNYC
avatar for Gabrielle Langston

Gabrielle Langston

Civic Innovation Fellow, BetaNYC

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Gale Brewer

Hon. Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
avatar for Jessica Tisch

Jessica Tisch

Commissioner of DoITT and NYC's Chief Information Officer, NYC's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)
avatar for Kelly Jin

Kelly Jin

Chief Analytics Officer, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA)
avatar for Mary Lu Bilek

Mary Lu Bilek

Dean, CUNY Law School


Saturday March 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am EST
2-301 (220 ppl)

11:30am EST

What do we know about the state of the internet in NYC? (Hosted by Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer))
There are approximately 1.5 million New Yorkers in households with neither a home or mobile broadband connection and another 1.9 million in households with only one of those types of connections. In January 2020, the Mayor published the first-ever New York City Internet Master Plan, built on a foundation of data gathered from federal sources, City administrative information, field observations, interviews with expert stakeholders, and more. The City now has a framework for decisions about public and private investments in new infrastructure and services to close the digital divide, promote equitable economic development, and address the unique conditions of New York’s diverse communities. In this session, you will hear from some of the experts that gathered and analyzed the data behind the Internet Master Plan. You will learn how to use that data to compare conditions in New York City neighborhoods and to inform decisions about what you can do in your community.


Moderators
JB

Josh Breitbart

New York City

Speakers
avatar for Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum

Co-Director, Digital Equity Laboratory, Community Tech New York
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and distribute communications systems.
YL

Yamil Lora

The Point CDC
AB

Ariel Benjamin

HR&A Associates


Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
1-203 - (100 ppl)

11:30am EST

Air quality data panel with Department of Health, Queens Public Library, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office
Come hear 3 perspectives on developing and executing effective air quality community science projects.  Representatives from NYC Health Department, Queensbridge Tech Lab, and the Manhattan Borough President's Office will share their thoughts on demystifying technology and science, community engagement, data collection, analysis and visualization, and issues of data privacy gleaned from projects either currently underway or recently completed.

Speakers
DA

Daniel Alam

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
SJ

Sarah Johnson

Director, Air Quality Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Neighborhood air quality in NYC. Sources of air pollution.
avatar for Sadie Coughlin-Prego

Sadie Coughlin-Prego

Queens Public Library


Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)

11:30am EST

Tools for democracy
This interactive panel introduces tools of democracy in use in NYC and around the world including Participatory Budgeting, Citizens' Assemblies, Co-Lab Challenges, and SMS outreach. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their perspectives on the utility of these civic engagement tools for different applications, and consider the challenges of brining offline tools of democracy into the digital realm.


Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
1-202 - (100 ppl)

1:45pm EST

Census 2020- Forging a Path to Combat Rumors
In this interactive workshop we will learn about the upcoming 2020 operations and how to identify and report rumors. We will then work through an interactive ideation session on how we can actively combat them.

Speakers
HA

Haley A. Miller

Intergovernmental Affairs Partnership Manager, US Census
Haley Ashcom is a Partnership Manager with the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Census Bureau. She first came to the bureau in 2016 as an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist promoting geographical programs in the lead up to peak decennial operations... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
1-203 - (100 ppl)

1:45pm EST

Computer Science x Civics - How NYC DOE's CS4All initiative is advancing education through Hack League
This session provides an overview of the goals and objectives of the New York City Department of Education’s Hack League, a district-wide competition that invites middle and high school students with any level of CS experience to explore the systemic impacts and applications of computing. By requiring participants to interact with data and prototype a proposed solution to an issue that the data illuminates, students creatively engage in a human-centered design and strategic problem-solving process aimed at improving quality of life and civic issues in their communities. Each stage of competition represents a component of the engineering design process, thereby encouraging students to be thoughtful programmers.

Join us as we talk about the Computer Science for All Blueprint, how Hack League is constructed, its impact, and stories about student projects.

Speakers
AP

Aankit Patel

Director, STEM Teacher Education, City University of New York
KD

Kylie Davis

NYC Department of Education


Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
1-202 - (100 ppl)

1:45pm EST

Ending NYPD’s Digital Stop-and-Frisk: The Fight for the POST Act
For years, the NYPD used increasingly invasive surveillance tools without any public accountability. The department runs a sprawling facial recognition database, DNA archives of children, automated license plate readers that track nearly every car in the city, and much more.

The NYPD’s biased and broken surveillance tools particularly threaten undocumented communities, creating a treasure trove of tracking data for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). These systems also have a proven track record of discriminating against New Yorkers of Color, putting Black and Latin/x New Yorkers at higher risk of false arrest and worse.

Currently, the NYPD is allowed to buy these spy tools without telling the public how they are used, how long data can be retained, or whether surveillance can be shared with the federal government. Learn how our campaign to enact the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act and ensure that the public understands how our communities are being policed.

For More Information: www.POSTAct.org

Speakers
avatar for Council Member Brad Lander

Council Member Brad Lander

New York City Council
Brad Lander is a member of the New York City Council, representing the 39th District in Brooklyn. Brad serves as the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy. He co-founded the Council’s Progressive Caucus, helped bring participatory budgeting to NYC, and has led the way toward a more... Read More →
avatar for Albert Fox Cahn

Albert Fox Cahn

Founder, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Albert Fox Cahn is the founder and executive director of Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law. In addition to his work at S.T.O.P., Mr. Cahn serves on the Immigrant Leaders Council... Read More →
avatar for Laura Hecht-Felella

Laura Hecht-Felella

Counsel & Fellow, Brennan Center
Laura Hecht-Felella is the George A. Katz Fellow with the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. Previously, Laura worked at Brooklyn Legal Services, where she represented low-income New Yorkers in litigation seeking to prevent displacement and preserve affordable... Read More →
avatar for Saye Joseph

Saye Joseph

Policy and Advocacy Manager, BYP100
Saye (pronounced as sah-yay!) is a migrant from Saint Lucia, a young budding anarchist, policy nerd, and abolitionist working through a Black queer feminist lens. Saye is passionate about creating tangible steps to dismantling the carceral system and institutions that oppress Black... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)

3:00pm EST

NYC's Lost Opportunity to Stop Racist Algorithms
Algorithms are increasingly allowed by NY city and state government to make automated decisions about people that dramatically impact their lives. Governing everything from access to benefits, exposure to surveillance, and in some cases even release from jail, algorithms have been proven time and again to be biased reflections of their creators, and of our own flawed human past. NYC was poised to become a national leader in assessing and preventing algorithmic harm, but the group responsible for accomplishing this task was unable to properly and completely do the job. This panel will discuss the nature of these systems, what they do, why experts oppose their use, and the failure of NYC government to adequately protect our people from the racist algorithms city government may be using today.

Speakers
avatar for Albert Fox Cahn

Albert Fox Cahn

Founder, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Albert Fox Cahn is the founder and executive director of Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law. In addition to his work at S.T.O.P., Mr. Cahn serves on the Immigrant Leaders Council... Read More →
avatar for Liz O'Sullivan

Liz O'Sullivan

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
KT

Katurah Topps

NAACP LDF


Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)

3:00pm EST

Creating Pathways for a New Generation of Civic Leaders - CIF and CDF Talk Shop
New York City’s Civic Innovation Fellowship and Coding It Forward’s Civic Digital Fellowship will discuss how each program is empowering a new generation of young people to pursue social impact in their communities with and through technology. Cohort by cohort, a universe of students equipped with technology and good government know-how are emerging in both locales, ready to address big challenges in our cities, country, and world. On this panel, alumni from both programs will give us an insider perspective on their fellowship experience, while program directors and staff will discuss what CIF and CDF have in store for the future.

Moderators
RB

Ramesh Beharry

Civic Innovation Mentor, BetaNYC

Speakers
ZK

Zhi Keng He

Fellowship Assistant, BetaNYC
avatar for Rachel Dodell

Rachel Dodell

Executive Director, Coding It Forward


Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
1-202 - (100 ppl)

3:00pm EST

The future of open gov portals & programs, a conversation with Mayor's Office of Data Analytics and open data leaders.
Last fall, NYC published its Open Data for All strategic plan. This panel conversation will highlight its insights and discuss the near term objectives we need to accomplish over the next decade. This will be an interactive panel with a short presentation followed up with Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Domagala

Natalia Domagala

Head of Data Ethics, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK
avatar for Chris Whong

Chris Whong

Outreach Engineer, Qri
At Qri, Chris does everything from engaging our base of peers and devs, to writing code and helping us plan and execute our next phases of growth.Chris is a leader in the NYC civic tech community, known for promoting government adoption of open-source tech, and supporting collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Zachary Feder

Zachary Feder

Open Data Program Manager, NYC Analytics
IM

ivan metzger

US Census


Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
1-203 - (100 ppl)

4:15pm EST

Government Data and Analysis: Balancing Innovation, Privacy, and Security
Government is under constant pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources. To achieve this goal, agencies should avail themselves of innovative approaches to using technology and data to help connect New Yorkers with the services they need in ways that responsibly promote privacy, security, and fairness. In this session, three City leaders will discuss how their offices work to encourage smarter, more efficient government while protecting New Yorkers’ data.  

Panelists will be:

- Jeff Thamkittikasem, Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations and Acting Algorithms Management and Policy Officer
- Kelly Jin, Chief Analytics Officer and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics
-Geoff Brown, Chief Information Security Officer

Moderators
AM

Annie McDonough

Tech and Policy Reporter, City & State

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Thamkittikasem

Jeff Thamkittikasem

Director, Mayor's Office of Operations and Acting Algorithms Management and Policy Officer
avatar for Kelly Jin

Kelly Jin

Chief Analytics Officer, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA)
avatar for Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown

Chief Information Security Officer, New York City Government


Saturday March 7, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)

4:15pm EST

Data through Design - a conversation with organizers and selected artists
Discover the organizers and artists who are participating in this year's Data though Design art show — “Digital twin” is a term used to describe a virtual replica of real world phenomena. Digital twin technology is used to model possible scenario outcomes, or to serve as a proxy for “ground truth” in situations where real ground truth is unavailable. The seductive promise of gleaning seemingly unlimited knowledge based on “realistic-but-fake” datasets has led to the adoption of digital twin technology in contexts ranging from transportation engineering to medical research.

Moderators
SE

Sara Eichner

Data Through Design
AK

Alexander Kennedy

Data Through Design

Speakers
AR

Abe Rubenstein

Almost Everywhere
CY

Cameron Yick

Software Engineer, Datadog
Data visualization, getting involved with open source software, creative coding
MC

Mariya Chekmarova

Emblems: Symbolizing City Data
HD

Hana Dunston

Emblems: Symbolizing City Data


Saturday March 7, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm EST
1-203 - (100 ppl)

4:15pm EST

Collections as Data/Data as Collections, open data + libraries + privacy
Join us for a discussion of the role libraries can or should play in data education, collection, and dissemination, including:
  • the promotion of civic data literacy
  • the preservation & deposit of datasets into libraries
  • the role of libraries in data privacy & the privacy implications of big data in a library context 
  • the use of library collections as data & the digitization and transformation of collections to make historical data that accessible for computational analysis

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Rankin

Sarah Rankin

New York Public Library
SL

Sarah Lamdan

CUNY Law School
JL

Jeffery Lambert

Queens Public Library
avatar for Greg Cram

Greg Cram

Director of Copyright, Permissions and Information Policy, New York Public Library
Greg Cram is the Director of Copyright, Permissions and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices around... Read More →
NW

Nick Wolfe

NYU Libraries


Saturday March 7, 2020 4:15pm - 5:15pm EST
1-202 - (100 ppl)

5:30pm EST

Civic PechaKucha - Lighting Talks
PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming. 20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it. Simple. Engaging. SURPRISING.

This year, we're inviting a number of time travelers to come back in time to present vision of the future. Join us for six stirring visions from the next decade.

Lydia Jessup will be our closing mistress of ceremonies.

PechaKucha talk will come from:
* Council Member Antonio Reynoso
* Mari Nakano, Design Director, NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity
* Gabriella Capone, Legal Hackers NYC
* Piyali Kundu, GeoNYC
* Chris Whong, Qri
* Aidan Feldman

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mari Nakano

Mari Nakano

Design Director, Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
avatar for Council Member Antonio Reynoso

Council Member Antonio Reynoso

New York City Council
avatar for Piyali Kundu

Piyali Kundu

Solution Engineer, Esri
Piyali Kundu is a Solutions Engineer based out of Esri\\'s New York City office. She works daily with enterprise clients and communities to implement next-generation solutions that leverage advanced geospatial technology to solve complex business problems. She specializes in developing... Read More →
avatar for Chris Whong

Chris Whong

Outreach Engineer, Qri
At Qri, Chris does everything from engaging our base of peers and devs, to writing code and helping us plan and execute our next phases of growth.Chris is a leader in the NYC civic tech community, known for promoting government adoption of open-source tech, and supporting collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Gabriella Capone

Gabriella Capone

Organizer, Legal Hackers NYC
government innovation, open legal data, participatory lawmaking, crowdlaw, open innovation, data governance
avatar for Aidan Feldman

Aidan Feldman

Technologist by day, dancer by night


Saturday March 7, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
2-301 (220 ppl)