smart cities

Did the ‘techlash’ kill Alphabet’s city of the future?

Did the ‘techlash’ kill Alphabet’s city of the future?

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs had a vision of an eco-friendly, tech-heavy tomorrow-land on Toronto's waterfront, but it's been drastically scaled back.
Did the ‘techlash’ kill Alphabet’s city of the future?

Did the ‘techlash’ kill Alphabet’s city of the future?

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs had a vision of an eco-friendly, tech-heavy tomorrow-land on Toronto's waterfront, but it's been drastically scaled back.

Autonomous Mass Transit Arrives in Ohio

Hoping to reconnect the South Linden neighborhood with the rest of Ohio’s capitol, the city of Columbus has launched an electric shuttle program funded primarily by the federal government. The
Cybersecurity: Ensuring Sanity in Smart Cities

Cybersecurity: Ensuring Sanity in Smart Cities

Currently, we consider ourselves lucky if we don’t get stuck in traffic while driving to the office. The struggle of even finding a parking spot for your car is real. The smart city industry is

Podcast: The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

For my latest podcast, I read my Guardian Cities column, "The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states," which was the last piece ever commissioned for the section. The Guardian
Imagining a "smart city" that treats you as a sensor, not a thing to be sensed

Imagining a "smart city" that treats you as a sensor, not a thing to be sensed

The editors of Guardian Cities (previously) saw my Toronto Life blurb about how a "smart city" could be focused on enabling its residents, rather than tracking and manipulating them, and asked me to
Toronto business and government signal full support for Sidewalk Labs' dominance of the city and beyond

Toronto business and government signal full support for Sidewalk Labs' dominance of the city and beyond

Dan Doctoroff and Stephen Diamond could hardly suppress their affection for each other at their January 13 joint luncheon address hosted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade. No wonder: the two are

Prototype City Trend Takes Shape as Toyota Announces New Project

The automaker announced it is building a new city where people will live and work among the company's blossoming new technologies.
Who needs 5G? In Japan, this smart city does what its citizens need, right now

Who needs 5G? In Japan, this smart city does what its citizens need, right now

In the Japanese city of Fukuoka, messaging app Line is already operating a smart city -- just in a different way than you may expect.
Can smart cities help their residents without hurting their privacy?

Can smart cities help their residents without hurting their privacy?

Smart cities rely on residents' valuable personal data to succeed, but we haven't found a way to protect the people who generate it.
How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic Management for Smart Cities

How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic Management for Smart Cities

Modern technology and urbanization have resulted in a lot of significant developments out there. The smart cities are the new name for the cities equipped with the latest technology. A smart city is a
Public treated to obfuscation at Waterfront Toronto meeting on negotiations with Google sister company over surveillance district

Public treated to obfuscation at Waterfront Toronto meeting on negotiations with Google sister company over surveillance district

[Rosemary Frei is an independent journalist who broke the story that Google's Sidewalk Labs had quietly sewn up the rights to turn most of Toronto's lakeshore into a surveilling "smart city"
Sidewalk Labs' quiet plan for Canada's banks to manage a national digital ID for health care and housing

Sidewalk Labs' quiet plan for Canada's banks to manage a national digital ID for health care and housing

To start, the Appendix has an appendix called the Quayside Digitally Enabled Services List, which compiles the services that Sidewalk Labs wants to buy or build for the development. Number 48 on that

How Smart Cities and Homes Will Take China Into the Future

Eventually, there could be an international network of smart cities from Shanghai to Doha to Tokyo.

How Smart Cities and Homes Will Take China Into the Future

Eventually, there could be an international network of smart cities from Shanghai to Doha to Tokyo.
Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities. -Andrew Sheivachman
Toronto approves Google's surveillance city, despite leaks revealing Orwellian plans

Toronto approves Google's surveillance city, despite leaks revealing Orwellian plans

Yesterday, Waterfront Toronto unanimously approved the continuation of Sidewalk Labs's plans for "Quayside," a privatised, surveillance-oriented "smart city" that has been mired in controversy since
Leaked document reveals that Sidewalk Labs' Toronto plans for private taxation, private roads, charter schools, corporate cops and judges, and punishment for people who choose privacy

Leaked document reveals that Sidewalk Labs' Toronto plans for private taxation, private roads, charter schools, corporate cops and judges, and punishment for people who choose privacy

Tomorrow, Toronto's City Council will hold a key vote on Sidewalk Labs's plan to privatize much of the city's lakeshore in the name of creating a "smart city" owned by Google's parent company,
How AI is impacting the automotive world

How AI is impacting the automotive world

From manufacturing to infrastructure, AI is having a foundation-disrupting impact for auto manufacturers, smart cities, and consumers alike.