5 cities finalize strategies to address inequity and inequality

Equity and equality are different concepts that go hand-in-hand. Equality is treating everyone the same, and equity is a strategy in which every person is given the specific tools they need to be successful. For example, equality is providing all students in a school system exactly the same resources, whereas equity is giving students in a low-income area different, additional resources to help them reach the same level of success as well-off students, thereby narrowing the achievement gap.

City leaders increasingly are focusing on both equity and equality in society. Those entering the smart city space especially are encouraged to examine those factors to ensure the equitable distribution of innovations and resources throughout a community and avoid creating or widening a digital divide.

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