The pandemic derailed a real estate development in Toronto. What’s the big deal?

Governments grapple with how technology can help and harm their citizens.

Why It Matters

Toronto is not the only one with plans for a futuristic ‘smart city’ powered by data and technology – your city is likely working on something similar, too. Their experience working with a technology company has important lessons for the social impact sector, especially as more services are delivered online, and communities across Canada explore similar partnerships as part of their post-pandemic recovery efforts.

In early May, Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs made headlines all over the world when they announced they were “no longer pursuing” their plans to create “the world’s first neighbourhood built from the internet up” – a grand aspiration of applying their technological know-how to make urban life easier and better for residents, just as Google has done for millions of people online. (If you’re new to smart cities and their implications for the social impact sector, get caught up with this three part

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