Sidewalk Labs

Why Does Google Want to Hand Its Smart City Data to a Third Party 'Civic Data Trust?'

Sidewalk Labs says nobody should own data collected from residents in Toronto's Quayside "smart city," but critics say the tech giant shouldn't be driving the conversation.
Jordan Pearson
a day ago

Watch This Random Guy Strip Down In an Aquarium and Swim With the Sharks

Also, it was jazz night.
Jordan Pearson
2 days ago
Sidewalk Labs

Toronto Advisor Resigns Over Data Concerns with Google's Smart City Project

Sidewalk Lab's plan to redevelop a 12-acre swath of Toronto has been beset by concerns over surveillance and data handling.
Jordan Pearson
ride sharing

Lyft Accused of Helping People Cross a Workers’ Picket Line In Toronto

“Woke” Uber rival Lyft is making it easier for people to cross a picket line at the CNE in Toronto, union leader says.
Jordan Pearson

Google Is Still Planning a ‘Smart City’ in Toronto Despite Major Privacy Concerns

After nine months, the new deal between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto is still light on details about data, surveillance, and privacy.
Bianca Wylie

5 Changes Cities Can Make Right Now to Reduce Cyclist Deaths

Lower speed limits, sensor technology, and segregated bike lanes can help.
Tracey Lindeman

Is Sidewalk Labs Building a Brotopia on Toronto's Waterfront?

The details of a Google affiliate's billion-dollar real-estate project are shrouded in secrecy.
Tracey Lindeman

A ‘Cryptocurrency’ Without a Blockchain Is Eating My City

Toronto startup Bunz released a digital currency for the city's barter economy, sparking backlash.
Jordan Pearson

Urban Gondolas Offer Low-Tech Relief to Traffic-Jammed Cities

Boston, Toronto, and New York City look to the skies to solve congestion.
Tracey Lindeman
video art

Watch This Filmmaker Work Six Projectors at Once to Make Incredibly Trippy Art

Toronto duo Zephyr use old tech to make magic.
Jordan Pearson
mining eh?

Hackers Used Ontario Government and CAMH Websites to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers hijacked a popular plugin.
Jordan Pearson

The Comics Writer Who Wants More Authentic Female Muslim Superheroes

Comics scholar Safiyya Hosein explores how superheroes like Dust and Ms. Marvel can both perpetuate and subvert stereotypes.
Jacob Dubé