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The average New Yorker doesn’t spend much time engaging with the proceedings of the New York City Council, but the Council has enormous authority when it comes to the vision and progress of New York City.

To address this, New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, recently revealed “Council 2.0,” the City Council’s Public Technology Plan. The goal is to “facilitate more public decision-making,” including participatory budgeting.

The plan includes reaching out to residents, community organizations and technologists. Multiple modalities will be explored, including more active social media profiles, updates web interfaces and mass-texting.

“Inclusion, civic engagement and open government are the pillars of our plan to weave digital into the fabric of the City Council’s work,” Viverito explained.

“This is a truly ground-breaking moment for the Council that will transform the way we do business. My colleagues and I are committed to keeping the Council at the leading edge of civic technology.”

The council is inviting New Yorkers to reach out on Twitter to @NYCCouncil and to tag posts #DigitalDialogue.

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