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Fourth Rikers Island Replacement Jail Site Announced

The Mayor of New York City has announced a plan to locate four jails in each borough except Staten Island. Last March he announced plans to close Rikers Island, but said at the time that it would take 10 years to do so. Will this announcement

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Are Newly-Released Prisoners Being Ripped Off?

The vendors we use to assist Prisoners upon release are being questioned as to how well they are helping assist with a healthy return to society. Serious questions are being raised about the financial incentives associated with private and public partnerships in supporting the prison industrial complex. 

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The Dark Side of the Gig Economy

Ride sharing services are touted as great for a passenger, and even great for anyone looking to augment their income with a flexible side job. But there’s a dark side to this market disruption. There are plenty of financial and political questions to be asked.

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When Words Fail To Mean What We Thought

As the #MeToo movement continues to spread to touch so many people and industries, sexual relationships are all over the news today. We believe it is appropriate to share the following stories that shed some light on yet another point of confusion.

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Workplace Automation News of Interest

More than 960,000 Americans worked in the warehouse industry in October, 2017. That’s up 42% over the past decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An additional 246,000 positions went unfilled. Several firms are racing to produce warehouse robots to aid humans in these jobs and

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Art of the Steal

Art of the Steal

“The Art of the Steal” presents the story of how the largest private donation of art on the planet was stolen by local government. Or was it? A story of philanthropy, long term thinking, corporate strategy, and government adoption.

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Hyperloop One Names Top 10 Routes

Hyperloop One, the company looking to actually build the first hyperloop transportation systems announced it’s list of finalists to be potential first routes for their groundbreaking transportation technology. It recently held a global competition requesting proposals for routes. The short list represents those routes that could tie together some of the world’s largest populations centers (150 million people) and

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The Centennial No One Wants to Celebrate

When we talk about an “infrastructure” we are talking about the underlying systems that allow a ecosystem to stand and to function. In our case of New York City, the infrastructure consists of:

  • the roads, bridges, railways, ports and airports that bring in people and goods
  • the aquifers that supply the city’s water and the pipes that deliver it

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NY to DC in 30 Minutes: Is the Hyperloop Coming?

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is ready to take a step closer towards making Hyperloop, the proposed high-speed transport system, a reality. Musk claims the vacuum-tube transport system that will connect New York and Washington, DC can go beyond 600mph, transporting passengers within approximately 29 minutes. If such technology pushes through, The Boring Company’s Hyperloop will help solve many public transportation problems many citizens and tourists are experiencing in New York and other linked cities.

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Impact Elections

Impact Forum V: Election Reform

Our 5th Impact Forum was held on September 14, 2016 at Civic Hall, NYC’s foremost center for civic technology & innovation, on the topic of Elections. Election Systems are best understood by the rules and incentives constructed around them. Evaluating the United States’ and New York’s Electoral Systems reveals a series of important policy choices that will shape what our electorate will look like in the coming decades.

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