Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum



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 


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The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel stands up

By Nabeel Ahmed - October 20, 2018 - Five months and four meetings after it was first constituted, the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel finally kicked into gear. In keeping with how the Sidewalk Toronto project has proceeded, it was a bit of stop-start ride.


Towards a more equitable Sidewalk Toronto

By Milan Gokhale - October 27, 2018 - Sidewalk Labs says they will not get preferential access to data collected. Why should they get access to any data at all?


In Libraries We Trust

By Milan Gokhale - November 20, 2018 - To be a world-class digital city, Toronto must make the public library — not Google — its core institution of trust.