Google wants to run cities without being elected. Don't let it
Publisher: The Guardian
Date Written: 24/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
A new initiative will see Alphabet the parent company of Google take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here's why that's troubling.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does not suffer from a lack of ambition. Its subsidiaries are tackling topics ranging from autonomous vehicles to smart homes, artificial intelligence to biotech life extension. So perhaps it shouldnt be a surprise that Alphabet has decided it will plan, build, and run a city, too well, part of a city. It's a bit more surprising that a major city is happily handing Alphabet a neighborhood of prime real estate to call their own.
The project announced last week is a partnership between Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet subsidiary focused on urban technology, and Toronto. Sidewalk Labs will be in charge of redeveloping a waterfront district called Quayside.
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