What Does Equity & Government Responsibility Look Like in the Smart City?

April 30, 2018 at 6:30pm–8:30pm (Eastern Time)

Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Centre, Ryerson University
50 Carlton St
Toronto, ON M5B 1J2
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In recent months, much attention has been drawn to the arrival of Sidewalk Labs, the urban tech-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, and their interest in Quayside, a modest 12-acre site along Toronto's old industrial waterfront.

Sidewalk Labs is laser-focused on turning the patch of city-owned land into what it calls the “world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up.” Working with Waterfront Toronto, the tri-partite public entity tasked with waterfront revitalization including the development of Quayside. Sidewalk Labs is proposing to re-imagine urban life in five dimensions: housing, energy, mobility, social services, and shared public spaces, with technology and data collection at its core. They want Quayside to serve as a new model for sustainable neighbourhoods around the world.

This interesting proposition has sparked many questions. Whose data are we collecting and for what purpose? Who owns this data and how will it be used? How will this initiative improve the quality of life for all residents and what kinds of policy advances does the City of Toronto need to make in order to adequately respond to the development and application of smart cities technologies? How will social justice and equity be embedded in the decision-making process? These critical questions must be addressed before we embark on this unprecedented work. We have the opportunity to do this right, but not without political leadership and full, meaningful civic participation.

Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for an in-depth panel discussion on this unique challenge before us. Let's work together to ensure equity and the public good are built into this smart city venture. 

When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Ryerson University, Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto Ontario
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Bianca Wylie, Head, Open Data Institute Toronto and Senior Fellow, Centre International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Ali Miri, Research Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
Nasma Ahmed, Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow 
Anil Patel, Co-Founder & Digital Strategist at Grantbook

Moderated by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

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