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.
The first priority for the Forum is to draft inputs for the Sidewalk Toronto community engagement process. The longer-term objective is to support public interest in cities in Canada that are undergoing smart city transformations.
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 responsible for defining and managing the activities of the Forum. It will meet monthly via conference call or in-person. Summary notes of these calls will be made publicly available. The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University provides administrative support for the Forum. To access related resources click here.
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