Google city sparks fresh controversy

Plans for a digital city built "from the internet up" meet growing opposition in

Google city sparks fresh controversy

Curated via Twitter from BBC News Technology’s twitter account….

The partnership between Sidewalk Labs and Toronto Waterfront was announced in 2017 and the plans to revitalise a disused part of the city was intended to be a model for future urban development.

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, has published its plans to build a smart city in Toronto, sparking fresh controversy.

Sidewalk Labs chief executive Dan Doctoroff remained upbeat about its intentions, saying it wanted to create "something extraordinary" on Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

A group called simply Block Sidewalk held meetings to express growing concern about having a huge technology company making decisions about city life.

The Master Innovation and Development Plan outlines a range of innovations – from thermal and advanced energy grids, to factory-based construction of timber buildings, to a dynamic mobility network with heated bike lanes and adaptive traffic lights.

But citizens expressed concerns about becoming "lab rats" and questioned Sidewalk Labs’s motivations in building a city "from the internet up".

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