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Advisor quits Google Toronto's "smart city" project over privacy concerns

Четверг, 05 Октября 2018 г. 00:19 (ссылка)


Google sister company Sidewalk Labs is building a creepy, heavily surveilled "smart city" in the midst of Toronto.


Critics have pointed out that letting a foreign corporation gather continuous surveillance data on residents of a city as they go about their daily round is a bit, you know, dystopian.


Sidewalk Labs says it's not creepy, and to prove it, they've recruited an independent advisory board to keep them honest.


A key member of that board just resigned: Saadia Muzaffar is an entrepreneur and tech activist. In her scathing resignation letter, she describes an unholy confluence of Sidewalk Labs's greed for data-collection and the City of Toronto's indifference, expressed by the lackadaisical approach taken by Waterfront Toronto.





In her resignation letter, Muzaffar—who founded the nonprofit group TechGirls Canada—also criticized a lack of transparency on Waterfront Toronto’s part in communicating the plan to the public. Even more importantly, she drew attention to the risk of entrenching ill-considered surveillance technology in city infrastructure.


“Broad licensing that does not prioritize digital rights of the public can mean that surveillance infrastructure and valuable public data can lay latent for long periods of time, and avoid scrutiny easily, tucked in a foreign-owned company’s proprietary vault,” she wrote.


Advisor to Google's Smart City in Toronto Resigns Over Data Concerns [Jordan Pearson/Motherboard]

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Court nukes Ontario's Trumpian government bid to gut Toronto city council

Понедельник, 10 Сентября 2018 г. 20:57 (ссылка)



Doug Ford is the laughable bumblefuck who was elected Premier of Ontario by a roster of cheap Trumpian tricks and (literally) a promise to make beer cost $1 in the province (this promise was not fulfilled).
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Toronto's aural panic: why we need digital rights now

Четверг, 02 Августа 2018 г. 20:10 (ссылка)

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Toronto councillor praises gerrymandering plan to silence "left-leaning" voices in the city

Среда, 01 Августа 2018 г. 19:51 (ссылка)



Robbo Mills writes, "Speaking at a press conference at the Provincial Parliament in Queen’s Park on Monday, Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti said Premier Doug Ford’s plan to gut Toronto City Council is a good move because it would silence 'left-leaning' voices on council.
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Trumpian Ontario premier Doug Ford will gut Toronto's city council to punish his Tory rivals

Суббота, 28 Июля 2018 г. 19:47 (ссылка)



Doug Ford, AKA Laughable Bumblefuck II, won the Ontario provincial elections with a cowardly, trumpian campaign that kicked off with a bitter leadership race within his own party, whose top spot was up for grabs because the previous leader was accused of getting young party activists drunk and then having sex with them.
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Rob Ford's brother is running for Ontario Premier, but Rob Ford's widow is suing him for stealing millions from the family

Вторник, 05 Июня 2018 г. 05:59 (ссылка)


Rob Ford was Toronto's laughable, deplorable crack-addict mayor; his brother is a far-right Trump figure, running for Premier of Ontario (having stolen the party leadership through dirty tricks), who created literal fake news when he hired a pretend reporter to follow him on the campaign trail and ask him softball questions.
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Toronto cops eat drugs, freak out, and charged with Attempting to Obstruct Justice

Среда, 23 Мая 2018 г. 20:58 (ссылка)

If you’re a cop who calls for backup to save you from drug-induced hallucinations, you’re going to have a bad year.

This past January, Toronto Police Service Constable Vittorio Dominelli and his partner, whose name has yet to be released, were on duty when, allegedly, they decided to chow down on some marijuana-laced edibles. Apparently, they snatched up the Scooby snacks during a raid on a pot dispensary.

It is here that Toronto radio station News Talk 1010 reported that shit began to get weird:

… after carrying out a warrant at a local dispensary Saturday night, two officers, still on the clock, ingested marijuana-infused goodies meant to be taken from the scene as evidence. When they didn't feel the effects of the drugs right away, the pair ate more. Then more.

And then the drugs kicked in.



Oh, and kick in they did: while sitting in their cruiser, the pair of police began tripping balls. Their high was so rough that they called an ambulance and, in a panic, their station house, saying that they needed assistance. For the uninitiated, an officer assistance call is taken very seriously. Any cop in the area that’s not on call, and sometimes, even if they are on a call, will drop what they’re doing and come a-running, full speed, as if the officer who made that call’s life depended on it – because it often does. When backup arrived, one of the dope-addled cops burst from his cruiser and took off running, with responding officers in tow. During the foot chase, one of the responding officers slipped on the ice, and cracked his head open. Not cool.

Fast forward to this week: The cops that allegedly snatched up the edible treats during last January’s drug raid? They’re suspended and have been charged with Attempting to Obstruct Justice and Breach of Trust – heavy charges, in Canada, to be leveled against any public servant.

According to the Globe & Mail, they’ll have their day in court on June 7.

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Lone Canadian cop takes down alleged mass murderer without firing a shot

Вторник, 25 Апреля 2018 г. 02:59 (ссылка)


I was getting on a plane in Toronto yesterday when I heard the news that a van had been intentionally driven into a crowd of people. By the time I landed a few hours later in Calgary, word was that 10 people lost their lives in the attack. Just under 20 were wounded. I assumed that if he was found by the authorities, the alleged driver of the van would be toast. He or she would have no chance to be tried by a jury of peers; no option to stand before a judge. There'd be no justice, save what a bullet, by the driver's own hand or that of a police office, could afford.

This morning when I woke, I was amazed to see that this was not the case. A single Toronto Police Service constable managed to capture a suspect alive in the murder of those ten unfortunate souls. Despite the fact that the suspect menaced the officer, his demanded to be killed, and constantly reached for a firearm – which turned out not to have been there – the suspect ended up in handcuffs instead of a body bag.



The Canadian Broadcast Corporation's got what little footage of the event there is, along with commentary on how a police service that was once known for its heavy-handed tactics identified its aggression as a problem and fought to change its ways. Through frequent deescalation courses, Toronto's Police Service is changing its officer's responses to violent situations, slowly, but with measurable success. Is their police force perfect? Hell no. But its trying to change in the name of better serving the people it is sworn to protect. That's better than nothing. It gives me hope that, no matter how much of a bigoted, bro-cultured mess that law enforcement in Canada and the United States may currently be, it can be changed for the better.



It may take us years or decades to do so, but footage like this makes me believe that we can get there.

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Romance writers sought for library residency at my former Toronto workplace

Суббота, 21 Апреля 2018 г. 16:39 (ссылка)


I was a teenaged page at the North York Central Library in suburban Toronto, working in the Business and Urban Affairs section, shelving books, taping together newspapers while we waited for their microfilm versions to arrive, and fiddling around with the newly installed (and poorly documented) computerised catalogue/lending system -- I worked there with many other would-be writers, like Nalo Hopkinson, who was a public service clerk a few floors down.
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Toronto's real estate market is imploding

Среда, 07 Марта 2018 г. 22:29 (ссылка)


Toronto is one of the many great world cities that has been rendered nearly unlivable by real-estate speculation, both from onshore investors and offshore ones.
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