New York City’s new Internet of Things (IoT) strategy is a document that both reviews the city’s current IoT situation and usage and lists short-term recommendations for equitable future IoT technology. These include device and data security, an internal IoT consultancy, and community partnerships.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: MAYORS' POV: HOW DOES OPEN DATA IMPACT LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
In a virtual event, four mayors from major southern cities discussed using open data to inform local decision making, resident communications, COVID-19 restrictions, and more; they also discussed using new platforms for collecting and disseminating data. This event was hosted by What Works Cities.
Currently, there is increased attention to the systemic inequalities in home valuation, with recent stories about Black families having their houses valued differently depending on evidence of race in the home (i.e. family photos, etc). On the flip side, data on property tax valuation shows that Black families have their homes valued much higher for property taxes, which means that they are paying a disproportionate amount in taxes — and are unable to recoup that upon selling.
Government officials are using data to guide decisions and policy making, but without a standard lens for data interpretation, many policies that stem from the same information look very different. Particularly as local and state governments use data on COVID-19 infection, spread, and vaccinations, understanding the challenges around data-driven policy making and how to best address complex issues with data is important for everyone.