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Sidewalk Labs unveils blueprints, braces for more smart city backlash

Sidewalk Labs has released its blueprint for the Toronto Waterfront development, with the proviso that it will implement “the strongest governance regime for urban data in the world.” However, the plans are not going to quieten the raft of criticism that the Alphabet company is going to be hammered with, and Toronto could prove to be the battlefield on which the smart city future is decided. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is the standard-bearer for the Sidewalk skepticism, mostly due to the latter’s parentage. Were this a regular unaffiliated startup, we doubt this much contention would have arisen, but because Google is lurking, immense skepticism has met Sidewalk, amid claims of ulterior motives. Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation and Development…

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