Every Step You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

Every Step You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

Sidewalk Labs, a unit of Alphabet, has partnered with a government agency to modernize part of the waterfront area in Toronto.

Heated streets, driverless shuttles, pavements with sensors, and robotic waste-sorting systems are part of this “city of the future.” Although the project promises to improve people’s quality of life, concerns about data ownership and privacy protection have yet to be addressed.

Video Spotlight: Introducing Sidewalk Toronto

This post is based on the Chicago Tribune article, Google’s proposed first urban development raises data concerns, by R. Gillies, October 3, 2018; the Digital Journal post, Mixed Reactions to Toronto’s waterfront becoming a “digital city”, by T. Sandle, May 28, 2018; and the YouTube video, Introducing Sidewalk Toronto, by Sidewalk Toronto, October 17, 2017. Image source: Shutterstock / Markus Mainka.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the potential benefits of this project to the city of Toronto?

Guidance: Discussion topics could include gentrification of a rundown area, prestige and economic potential of being an innovator and a model city for future urban developments, offering residents state-of-the art technology in many aspects of everyday life, and capitalizing financially on innovations derived from this project.

2. In which stage of the Continue reading