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Friday, May 18 • 14:30 - 15:45
Creating community capacity to respond to smart city initiatives to support data justice and human rights in a connected space

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As tech moves into public spaces, there is an accelerating urgency to prepare a community response. Given the wide gap in digital and civic literacy, tech companies are creating norms in a legal and policy vacuum. Residents are vulnerable to their data and interests being used and sold, sometimes back to the state through data products and services. Innovation and the allure of job creation make governments willing partners in programs that ultimately cede control and power to vendors. In this context, it is vital to come together with an advocacy aim of defining the laws, policies, and conversations that need to happen now to ensure civic responsibilities are protected by the government and by residents.
In Toronto, Sidewalk Labs, sister company to Google, is working on an innovation and development plan for Quayside, a piece of land on Toronto’s waterfront. This workshop will focus on building capacity within communities and cities to organize cross-sectorally in response to smart city initiatives, highlighting the key governance issues that need to be raised and working on policy approaches to manage them. The techniques discussed will apply to general smart city development, not the one-off project informing them.
This workshop will bring together organizers from Toronto working to expand engagement on the Sidewalk Toronto project to date. This group has begun work on a call to action for government to create and define a national data infrastructure strategy and will provide an update on status and next steps, as well as share insights and lessons learned.

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Bianca Wylie

Co-founder, Tech Reset Canada
Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada & Senior Fellow, CIGI

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Amira Elghawaby

Digital Communications, National Representative, Canadian Labour Congress
Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Literary Review of... Read More →
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Jean-Noé Landry

Executive Director, Open North
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Daniel Latorre

Founder, Director, The Wise City
Founder & Director, The Wise City. Daniel Latorre started the digital placemaking practice while at Project for Public Spaces in 2010 where he is a Senior Fellow. He co-founded the Digital Placemaking Institute, founded The Wise City, rebooted community ideation mapping product strategy... Read More →
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Tim McSorley

National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
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Mark Surman

Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

Friday May 18, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT