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Privacy & Surveillance

Pervasive public and private surveillance made possible by new technologies challenges long-standing social norms of privacy and individual rights and civil liberties. Those using the technologies gain enormous power to make our everyday lives transparent to themselves while rendering their own practices increasingly invisible to those whose data they are appropriating. At the same time, the public has become increasingly reliant on the new information and communication tools for social participation, thereby increasing their transparency and dependency.

Page November 20, 2018

In Libraries We Trust

To be a world-class digital city, Toronto must make the public library — not Google — its core institution of trust. By Milan Gokhale - November 20, 2018
Page October 27, 2018

Towards a more equitable Sidewalk Toronto

By Milan Gokhale October 27, 2018 - The city of Toronto is one year into the private sector experiment known as Sidewalk Toronto, a joint partnership between Waterfront Toronto — the economic development agency equally funded by governments in Toronto, Ontario and Canada — and Sidewalk Labs — the private company funded by Google. This real estate-tech partnership, which was announced a year ago as a tech-first neighbourhood in Toronto, has been a nightmare of conflated interests, conflicting priorities and confusing rhetoric.