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: Mattamy Athletic Centre, Alumni Lounge, 4th Floor, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto Ontario
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/166347080854528/
Bianca Wylie, Head, Open Data Institute Toronto and Senior Fellow, Centre International Governance Innovation
Bianca is Head of the Open Data Institute Toronto, Co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, and Senior Fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation. She has a professional background in technology and public engagement. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management, most recently at Thomson Reuters. As a facilitator at Swerhun Inc., she designed, delivered and supported public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies. In 2014, Bianca founded the Open Data Institute Toronto. She is a columnist, guest lecturer, and speaker on open government and public sector technology policy.
Nasma Ahmed, Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow
Nasma is a black muslim women working within the intersections of social justice, technology and policy. She is a technologist and capacity builder based in Toronto, currently she is a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow. Nasma often works with organizations based in North America focusing on various aspects of digital issues facing community orgs from digital security to digital literacy. She is passionate about building accessible and inclusive technology for diverse communities.
Ali Miri, Research Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
Ali Miri has been a Full Professor at the School of Computer Science, Ryerson University, Toronto since 2009. He is the Research Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, at Ryerson University. He has over 25 years of research experience in security and privacy technologies and their applications, computer networks and digital communication, and cloud computing and big data. He has authored and co-authored over 200 refereed manuscripts, including 6 books, and 5 patents in these fields. He has supervised over 70 students, and has also overseen the successful completion of a large number of industry-related security projects, which have received close to $7M in funding.
Anil Patel, Co-Founder & Digital Strategist at Grantbook
As a resident living minutes away from the Lower Don Lands, Anil Patel has walked, run and cycled hundreds of kilometers through every street and path along the waterfront. He is a keen urbanist, hoping good design and sound public policy principles win the day to make cities more livable, affordable and sustainable. Over the past two decades, Anil has served and participated in several organizations, including Timeraiser, GrantBook, Youth Challenge Fund, United Way Toronto and Ontario Trillium Fund. For his efforts, Anil has been awarded fellowships with Ashoka Canada and ActionCanada. Anil recently participated on the selection panel for the recently announced Sidewalk Toronto Fellowship program.
Moderated by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
RSVP to reserve your spot. Free to the public. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation will be available.