Sidewalk Labs's vision and your data privacy: A guide to the saga on Toronto’s waterfront

Posted
December 7, 2018
Article Source
The Globe and Mail

From a Globe and Mail article: The 21st-century battle over privacy may feel virtual and abstract, but in Toronto it has a very real front line: the city's waterfront.

On a disused strip of land on Lake Ontario, tech company Sidewalk Labs proposes creating a city of the future, using arrays of sensors to measure residents' movements and learn how to design streets, buildings and transportation to improve their lives in measurable ways. But who gets to control, access and profit from the data? For months, questions like these have divided Torontonians, the tech industry, the government agency deciding the waterfront’s fate and the experts advising that agency, many of whom have quit in protest over the ethical issues at stake. Now, the government of Ontario Premier Doug Ford is intervening, firing three of the provincially appointed directors to the board deciding the project’s future.

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