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Cities, data and IP ownership
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The current Google Sidewalk project is in Toronto, but this is a bigger issue that can eventually affect every city. Whose sidewalks will these be? Who will benefit from them? Jim Balsillie asks some pointed questions in the Globe article.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/...mart-city/

Quote:Sidewalk Toronto has only one beneficiary, and it is not Toronto

(…) The most insightful comments during the public announcement came when Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chair, said they had realized their long-running dream for “someone to give us a city and put us in charge.” He also thanked Canadian taxpayers for paying, creating and transferring the core artificial-intelligence technology he credits for Alphabet’s success, making it the world’s third most valuable corporation. (…)
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