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Commissioner calls for new privacy laws to address smart city risks

Commissioner calls for new privacy laws to address smart city risks

Brian Beamish says Ontario’s privacy laws have not kept pace with digital technologies and practices such as sensors, big data analytics and AI.

Sidewalk Labs publishes 1,500-page Toronto smart city plan: More questions than answers?

Sidewalk Labs publishes 1,500-page Toronto smart city plan: More questions than answers?

Sidewalk Labs has put forward a detailed 1,500-page plan, but Waterfront Toronto has raised concerns in a number of areas.

Portland pilots Sidewalk Labs’ mobile location data software

Portland pilots Sidewalk Labs’ mobile location data software

The tool uses location data to model how people travel in cities.

Sidewalk Labs prototypes community participation tool

Sidewalk Labs prototypes community participation tool

The company is working with Digital Public Square on Collab, which aims to support communities by helping them to make more inclusive, collbaborative decisions.

Sidewalk Labs releases principles of good street design

Sidewalk Labs releases principles of good street design

The four principles are designed to act as a starting point for how cities can re-imagine and re-think their streets for pedestrians, bikes and transit.

Civil liberties association sues Canadian government over Sidewalk Labs' Toronto smart city

Civil liberties association sues Canadian government over Sidewalk Labs' Toronto smart city

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing Waterfront Toronto and three levels of government, asking for the project "to be reset".

Sidewalk Labs launches app to evaluate how people use public space

Sidewalk Labs launches app to evaluate how people use public space

The open source app, CommonSpace, is designed to give park operators or communities a new tool to help discover what makes a public space great.

Are data trusts part of the answer to smart city data governance?

Are data trusts part of the answer to smart city data governance?

In the light of recent scandals, cities have no choice but to pay urgent attention to data governance issues. Could data trusts be part of the solution?

Canadian Civil Liberties Association threatens legal action over Sidewalk Toronto

Canadian Civil Liberties Association threatens legal action over Sidewalk Toronto

The association is calling on the national, provincial and local governments to put in place digital data governance policies after "adequate" public consultation

Poll suggests 55% support Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto project as grassroots group mobilises to block it

Poll suggests 55% support Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto project as grassroots group mobilises to block it

The Toronto Region Board of Trade says headlines about a ‘techlash’ against the Sidewalks project may not accurately represent public sentiment. Grassroots campaigners disagree.