Front Burner

Google, Alphabet and the fight over a controversial smart city in Toronto

Sidewalk Toronto is being touted as the next-step in city development, but critics are concerned about issues related to privacy, intellectual property rights and data collection.
Sidewalk Labs wants to build pedestrian bridges, floating barges and outdoor projection screens in Quayside. (Sidewalk Labs)
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CBC technology reporter Matthew Braga explains Sidewalk Toronto's plan to create a futuristic neighbourhood on waterfront property in downtown Toronto and breaks down why some say the high-tech smart city is the solution to our urban woes... while others are concerned about the intentions of the Google-affiliated company.

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