Google's sister company Sidewalk is proposing a large urban development project in Toronto - without any prior development experience. Privacy, privatization and governance concerns are worrying residents and government alike, despite a massive two-year lobbying campaign by Google. Ambiguous language in the proposal suggests that public spaces may not be so public, and that some of the most valuable land in North America may be handed over at a discount to one of the world's richest companies.
What is being proposed by Sidewalk has implications for cities around the world. While technology can help cities weather climate and economic disasters, it doesn't require corporate control to benefit the public.
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