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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets 286

jfruh (300774) writes "Ben Wellington is a New Yorker and city planner with an interest in NYC Open Data, the city's online open government initiative. One thing he noticed in this vast dataset was that just two fire hydrants in the city generated tens of thousands of dollars a year in tickets. The sleuthing by which he figured out why is a great example of how open government data can help citizens in concrete ways."
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:00AM (#47164327)
    Really, it's true. People shouldn't try to make or have points. I make it a policy of my own to never have a point. Now where was I going with this?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:11AM (#47164431)

    I thought people take the subway or the taxi. I didn't see any parking lots or garages in New York City / Manhattan. I didn't see any cars parked along the curb. I must be missing something.

    Glasses, I assume.

  • by Minwee ( 522556 ) <> on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:23AM (#47164565) Homepage

    "Hacker arrested for stealing $57,000 from NYPD"

    "After breaking into government computers and accessing unauthorized data, in much the same way that Aaron Swartz and Andrew Auernheimer did before him, notorious terrorist Ben Wellington manipulated government records to steal over fifty thousand dollars directly from the people of New York City. In the interests of protecting freedom and democracy, SWAT teams arrived at the homes of Wellington, who hides behind the non-de-crime of "I (redacted) NY", along with members of his immediate family and his dog who was shot while trying to resist arrest.

    "The criminal mastermind is being held without trial in a secure, undisclosed location and has been denied access to telecommunications equipment for fear that he might use a pay phone to break into the Pentagon and whistle the correct codes to launch nuclear missiles at Mayor Bloomberg."

    "The Attorney General's office then went on to congratulate itself for protecting freedom everywhere, and urged everyone to enjoy their new twenty gramme chocolate ration."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:28AM (#47164617)

    Oh you poor Brits... You guys would cry that the US is confusing if you found out that the average American tea drinker used his left hand to hold the cup instead of the right. You people are simply never happy.

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