Concerns over Toronto's Quayside neighborhood has cities thinking hard about data and governance.

.....On undeveloped waterfront property, Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet, initially proposed to build a 12-acre neighborhood known as Quayside, with 40 percent affordable housing and a particular emphasis on technology. Self-driving cars, street lights that can adjust to traffic and retractable awnings could make the development adapt to residents' needs.

Sidewalk Labs promised to build Quayside "from the internet up" – incorporating data-collecting sensors into the neighborhood's infrastructure to gather information, say, on travel patterns to coordinate traffic lights. But the proposal met opposition from locals who demanded to know who would own the information that is collected, whether it would be private and who would benefit from its use.

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