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.
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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