Checkbox NYC 2.0

by Lorenzo Piccoli

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who I am assuming will run for the US Presidential elections of 2016, is launching a new operation transparency aimed at monitoring the expenditure of the municipal administration. It is done throug a new website called Checkbox NYC 2.0. The website makes it easy to control the expense of the municipality, item by item, almost in real time. It manages to strike a reasonable balance on personal privacy, providing useful information about the cost of public employees without attaching the numbers to specific names. It also gives an idea of how much is spent for the different items (e.g. education, police…). Although the website is still imperfect, it significantly increases the power of civil society.