By Sean McDonald and Bianca Wylie We’re months into a pandemic and governments around the world are at different stages of their learning and response. Canadian governments, having failed as many others did, on containment of the virus are now faced with a different kind
Update 1: May 4, 2020 This post previously left off with the three questions I had asked Waterfront Toronto about the government task force(s) for the Sidewalk Toronto project on April 1,2020. Again, the questions that I emailed them were: In terms of the task
I’m always struggling with when/what deserves an answer or amplification in the news when things are written about the use of data or technology to address issues of public good or public service. I’ve been reading a lot about this lately in relation to the
This past weekend I was reflecting on what it means to have the kind of power that gives you the confidence to: 1. commit the public to a type of deal/process they didn’t ask for 2. can’t get out of, and 3. have no democratic
To Executive Committee, As you consider the update on the City of Toronto’s Digital Infrastructure Plan, please add a principle for technological sovereignty. This is a core tenet of the foundational work in Barcelona, and is prescriptive enough to have a real and measurable policy impact.
1. What do you like about the draft principles? (Detail on the five draft principles can be found in the discussion guide – pages 7-16). They are: 1. Equity & Inclusion 2. A Well-Run City 3. Social, Economic, & Environmental Benefits 4. Privacy & Security
Bianca Wylie Parkdale, Toronto July 31, 2019 Dear Waterfront Toronto, As you wrap up this first round of consultation and continue with your deliberations I have two thoughts to share from a resident perspective. Firstly, “the whole is other than the sum of its parts.”
Here’s my submission to the provincial data strategy consultation, the first discussion paper (of three) is a good backgrounder on data issues. The questions are in italics and taken from the discussion paper. 5.1. – Privacy, Data Protection and Data Governance How can the province ensure that
So this morning while I was flying around on Twitter, reading some back and forth, I saw the name Zack Furness – @punkademic. And I was like HOLD ON, is it possible? So I sent him a quick message: The memories this triggered were wild.
Today the Wall Street Journal reported that Alphabet Inc. is “teaming up with its subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs LLC, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) to launch an infrastructure holding company that is being spun out of Sidewalk.” Like the idea or not (and some clearly