Google plan for data-driven 'smart city' sparks privacy, democracy concerns

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 31/05/2018 15:40

In the Canadian city of Toronto, city officials are negotiating a project that will give a section of the city's waterfront to the US tech giant Google.

Under the arrangement, Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs will build and run a high-tech "radical mixed-use" site called Quayside.

This "smart city" plan involves creating a neighbourhood "from the internet up", powered and served by data; with sensors monitoring everything from air quality to pedestrian traffic, even the flushing of toilets.

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