How Eric Adams could make his mark on the city’s tech industry

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has continued with his rollout of top administration appointments with the new year. With the most recent announcement, Adams has called on Matthew Fraser as the city’s next chief technology officer. While the existing role of chief technology officer doesn’t carry a whole lot of authority, it appears that Fraser will have more responsibility than the person currently in the role, John Paul Farmer. 

“The current chief technology officer has a limited scope. So it’s more about policy than anything else,” Fraser told City & State on Tuesday of the current job description. As it exists now, the role of the chief technology officer includes making recommendations on technology policy and strategy, but the office doesn’t have much authority to implement changes in how the city and its agencies use tech. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted New York City's failures in providing digital services to all New Yorkers. A prime example was in the rollout of vaccine sign-up websites, which exasperated New Yorkers spent hours navigating amid glitches, a lack of user-friendly design and confusing messaging

Fraser currently serves as deputy commissioner for information technology at the New York City Police Department, and prior to that was....

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