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With communication increasingly taking place online, issues related on Internet access, broadband availability and affordability, public and private regulation of social media and its use, and the practices and policies of major online platforms have become central to the state of expressive freedom and public discourse that underpins democracy.

News July 20, 2020

CFE launches new panel to tackle smart cities issues

The Centre for Free Expression is launching a “smart cities” advisory panel to provide expert advice and to assist civic engagement in communities considering “smart cities” initiatives. “Communities across Canada are turning to data-driven and technology-based solutions that they hope will increase the quality of both public services and the lives of their residents,” said James L. Turk, director of the Centre. “But, as we saw with the ill-fated Quayside-Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto, the allure tech of fixes can be misleading.”