Newsom touts city’s ability for app development

Probably no politician will tout the importance of cutting-edge technology such as data apps more than Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is in the process of creating his own campaign app for the lieutenant governor’s race — he’s looking for designers now!

The mayor joined regional and national app developers at the inaugural AppNation Conference, where he bragged about San Francisco being the hot-spot for the latest evolution of technology: app development.

He used this conference at the Moscone Center to unveil his own efforts to expand on the concept of transparent government using open data sets with new open-data legislation.

Earlier this year, Newsom established the nation’s first open-source policy for city government, building on President Barack Obama’s call for more open and transparent government.

DataSF.org uses open source technology taking more than 150 data sets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency. His new legislation establishes The City’s Open Data policy and requires city departments to make information and data available to everyone, permanently ensuring that San Francisco government will not close the door to the public.

Ironically, Newsom became closed-off when asked what his favorite app was. “I shouldn’t admit this … I’m not going to admit this with reporters here,” Newsom said. “It’s nothing nefarious, it’s just embarrassing.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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