Category Archives: Events

Internet Everywhere: The Role & Policy Implications of Public Wi-Fi in NYC

On April 11, our own Joe Plotkin appeared on a panel at the event  Internet Everywhere: The Role & Policy Implications of Public Wi-Fi in NYC. Our friend Joly MacFie was kind enough record it. Speakers included Council Member Gale Brewer, NYC officials Deirdre Flynn and Bruce Regal, reps from the ACLU and Time Warner, and more. The moderator was Nilay Patel, managing editor of The Verge.

Start-up City Conference: Growing New York City’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for All

This Friday, April 26, 2013, I will be appearing on a panel at the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer’s “Start-up City” conference:

Start-up City Conference

Breakout Session III: Infrastructure for the 21st Century—How Fast, Reliable Internet Access Can Boost Business Throughout the Five Boroughs

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panelists:

  • Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
  • Dana Spiegel, Founder and Executive Director, NYCWireless
  • Andrew Kimball, CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.
  • Charles Davidson, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, NYLS
  • Lourdes Zapata, Senior Vice President, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation

Moderator:

  • Mitchell Moss, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, NYU

Wireless City: Can all New Yorkers Get Connected? Event on Mar 8 @ 6:30pm

On Tuesday, March 8, from 6:30 – 8:00PM, I will be appearing on a panel at the Municipal Arts Society’s Wireless City: Can All New Yorkers Get Connected? event. The discussion will be an engaging discussion with a number of experts in the field of Broadband and Wireless in NYC and the north-east.

Internet access, once a luxury, is quickly becoming a key livability issue for New York. Other cities have tried to implement free wifi access to all of their citizens, but with varying success. The Municipal Art Society will present a panel of experts who will explore some of the models employed, as well as the challenges in making wifi access a priority.

Together, they will address the following questions:

  • What would expanded wireless access enable New Yorkers to do better, more efficiently, and more cost effectively?
  • What is the difference between muni-wireless (as was done in Philadelphia and other cities) and public space wireless (as offered in NYC and in Montreal)?
  • What are the roles of the city government, BIDs and other organizations, and private/non-profit developers in providing free wifi?

There will also be a Keynote given by Rachel Sterne, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, and an Introduction given by one of our favorite people, City Councilmember Gale Brewer.

Be sure to register at http://wirelesscitymasnyc.eventbrite.com/

NY City Council Hearing: Oversight – Internet Access in New York City Public Parks

The NY City Council is holding a oversight hearing on the state and plans for Wi-Fi in NY City Parks (a subject near and dear to my heart). NYCwireless will be there testifying and promoting our vision to bring real Free Wi-Fi to City Parks (not this “free for 30 minutes a month” stuff). I’m sure the City Council would love to hear from residents as well, so if you are able to testify, please let us know. If not, come out to the hearing anyway to show your support for our cause!

Please be advised that the Committee on Technology jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the 16th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topic.

You are hereby invited to attend this hearing and testify therein.  Please feel free to bring with you such members of your staff you deem appropriate to the subject matter.

If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.  Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification & allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.

I would appreciate receiving a response from you as to whether or not you will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Gary Altman
Legislative Counsel

Announcing: NY Tech Holiday Party on December 21st

NYCwireless is participating in this year’s NY Technical Holiday Party on 12/21, organized by bootup.io.

The holidays are here and our 4th NY Technical Holiday Party is occurring December 21 at 6:30pm.

Location: Suspenders, 111 Broadway. Business casual attire is required.

Our mission: bring together all aspects of technology and the business of technology in one social event.

As with previous years, we’ll have hundreds of NY’s technology finest in attendance, representing all technologies and the business of tech.

All are invited–from CTO to junior developer, IT manager to investor.

RSVP: http://www.bootup.io/holiday-party/rsvp

Event: How the Internet Works – and how to Protect Freedom Online

This is a great upcoming event, and NYCwireless will be there:

Voterbook Manhattan, the Media and Democracy Coalition, People’s Production House and Free Press invite you to a panel and town hall:

WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 2 p.m.
WHERE: P.S. 20, the Anna Silver School
166 Essex Street, Lower East Side

A town hall discussion and panel about Internet access, what it means in our community, the threats from big cable and phone companies to censor your speech online – and how you can fight back.

PANELISTS:
Kris Rios, media policy associate with People’s Production House
Tim Karr, campaign director with Free Press
Dr. Michael Livermore, director of the NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity
… and more!

Free and open to all. We will be screening some of the People’s Production House documentary “The Internet is Serious Business,” taking questions, and having a lively discussion.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Jeff Kurzon at jeffkurzon@gmail.com, or Hannah Miller at hmiller@media-democracy.net or 215-888-8036.

We look forward to seeing you!

International Summit for Community Wireless Networks: August 12-15, 2010 in Vienna, Austria

Those of you involved in building Community Wireless Networks likely have heard of Sascha Meinrath’s International Summit for Community Wireless Networks. He started the event a number of years ago  when he was still at UIUC, and its the still the best place to meet and work with community network organizers from around the world.

This year, the Summit is truly going international: its moved to Vienna, Austraia! NYCwireless will be there, and so should all of you. Check out the press release:

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative, Tech Gate Vienna, the CUWiN Foundation, and the Acorn Active Media Foundation are pleased announce that the annual International Summit for Community Wireless Networks will take place in Vienna, Austria from August 12-15, 2010.

Internet access is increasingly important to all facets of civil society. Since the first National Summit for Community Wireless Networks in 2004, tens of thousands of community and municipal broadband initiatives have been deployed around the globe, but many communities are being left out of this communications revolution. “The global coalition of developers, communities, industry, and advocates working together over the past decade has created one of the most disruptive and far-reaching technological innovations of our generation, yet few know about it and fewer still have taken advantage of this opportunity,” says Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Initiative and the Summit’s founder. “The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks is the nexus around which this movement swaps notes, strategizes, and organizes its agenda for development and implementation of ubiquitous, affordable broadband networks.”

2010 marks the first year that this group of technologists, entrepreneurs, government officials, academics and engaged citizens will convene outside the United States, a critical step to broaden and deepen international involvement in what truly is a global movement. Participants will learn from each other’s examples, exchange strategies and anecdotes, and build partnerships that strengthen alliances among projects.

Vienna possesses a rich and diverse mix of established technology companies and start ups, new media organizations, researchers and cultural producers as well as a remarkable number of institutions of higher learning. Not only is Vienna well positioned among the top international leaders in the information economy, the city is also home to FunkFeuer, one of the most advanced community wireless networks in the world. FunkFeuer is highly respected internationally for its technical and social innovations, its many collaborations with university researchers and artists, and the scale and scope of its network. The Summit will provide an opportunity to expand upon FunkFeuer’s successes and spread best-methods for developing sustainable metro-scale wireless mesh networks.

The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks focuses on how wireless networks can better serve their target populations, the policies needed to support broader deployment of community wireless systems, and the latest technological and software innovations in the field.

More information on the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks, including a call for proposals, registration, and other logistical information, will be available in the coming weeks at www.wirelesssummit.org.

We look forward to seeing you in August!