Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum

 

About

The Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum assists the public in responding to proposed and existing networked forms of urbanism like Sidewalk Toronto. The Forum operates on principles of openness, transparency, and inclusivity. It is made up of interested residents, academics, civil society groups, community groups, urbanists, and others.

Any member of the public is welcome to participate in the Forum. The Forum prepares documents to provide input and/or feedback as the Sidewalk Toronto process continues. 

In addition to this work, it supports community education events and the creation and sharing of resources. The purpose of these resources is to help inform and educate residents affected by networked urbanist forms of smart cities like Sidewalk Toronto and others who are interested in open smart city solutions.

The Forum’s steering committee is a network that facilitates the activities of the Forum. It will meet via conference call or in-person. The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University provides administrative support for the Forum. 

 

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Steering Committee

Nabeel Ahmed: Researcher, Smart cities, big data, and urban planning

Nasma Ahmed: Director, Digital Justice Lab 

Julie Di Lorenzo: Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer, Mentor, Philanthropist

Milan Gokhale: Tech Consultant and Writer

Melissa Goldstein: Community Activist and Affordable Housing Advocate

Tracey Lauriault: Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Saadia Muzaffar: Founder TechGirls Canada, Co-founder Tech Reset Canada

Javier Moreno: Mathematician and Data Scientist, Resident

Brenda McPhail: Director-Privacy, Technolgy & Surveillance Project, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Mariette Pilon: Lawyer, Ottawa; Member of the Quebec Bar

Molly Sauter: PhD Candidate, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

James Turk: Director, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University

Mariana Valverde: Professor, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

David Murakami Wood (Co-Chair): Associate Professor of Sociology, Queen's University

Bianca Wylie (Co-Chair): Co-founder, Tech Reset Canada and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation 

 

Resources
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Blog Post

Google’s “Urban Data” Plan: Evading Regulation While Promoting the Appearance of Transparency

If you care about corporations monetizing data generated by people’s desire to communicate, you may have read worrying stories featuring some of the Google octopus of companies, including Sidewalk

Commentary

At the intersection of democracy, transit and Sidewalk Toronto

By Milan Gokhale - March 4, 2019 - To solve Toronto transit cuts, we urgently require more democracy. Sidewalk Toronto is taking us in the opposite direction.

Blog Post

Toronto's Leadership Dithers While Sidewalk Labs Plans City Revenue Grab

The ‘smart city’ proposal, concocted by Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs behind the backs not only of citizens but of all our elected officials, was leaked to the 

Podcast

On Toronto’s Waterfront: Whose Money, Land and Power?

Who determines what happens on Toronto's waterfront? How can waterfront development be inclusive and democratic?

Podcast

Whose Data and Whose City?

The deal between Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto for a ‘smart city’ district on waterfront lands raises serious public issues about who will govern the massive amount of data

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