Next City’s coverage of tech and smart cities focuses on the ways that technology is changing or has the potential to change cities, and whether the benefits of those changes are widely shared or leave anyone out. Topics that fall within this beat include: institutionalizing tech leadership at the city or anchor institution levels; municipal broadband and other municipal investments in tech infrastructure; the role of technology or automation in eliminating barriers to equity and participation; how surveillance and data technology in law enforcement or other aspects of government affect the safety and well-being of communities; technology in education; open data and data tools for community organizing; data visualization and mapping tools for community development; and more.

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