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When Sidewalk Labs came to Toronto in 2017 they had Ann Cavoukian, creator of Privacy by Design, as part of their team. What this helped do was frame the debate about data as one about privacy. And while privacy is *a* serious issue, it's far from the only issue. #BlockSidewalk
It's *highly* disconcerting to see the chair of the Waterfront Toronto board, this late in the process, continue to use Sidewalk Labs' framing about privacy. It has not helped that privacy is the main word media has offered up as a handle to engage on data issues. #BlockSidewalk
While I understand this topic is challenging and there is a lot to learn we are well past the time where discourse needs to expand into what is really going on here - which is market making in the commons, public space, and municipal government. Privatization. #BlockSidewalk
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So I want to talk about google/alphabet and “amateur hour” tactics. It’s a piece of the #BlockSidewalk discussion I may have unique perspective on.

Because they’ve run this play on me before.
I spent 8 years at Mozilla working on Firefox and for almost all of that time google was our biggest partner. Our revenue share deal on search drove 90% of Mozilla’s income.
When I started at Mozilla in 2007 there was no Google Chrome and most folks we spoke with inside were Firefox fans. They were building an empire on the web, we were building the web itself.
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Toronto is getting slow played like a sucker and the only beneficiary of this delay is Sidewalk Labs. This thing needs to be done and over a long, long time ago now. #BlockSidewalk

We've arrived at what may be peak amateur hour from this vendor, and it works to their advantage
More time lobbying all levels of govt. More time for Dan Doctoroff to be on a speaking tour with their messaging. More sales and marketing and public relations and crisis comms.

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The Sidewalk Toronto project is setting a dangerous precedent for local government. What has happened over the last 15 months cannot be normalized. There is nothing ok about how we got to where we are. The responsible thing to do right now is stop the project. #BlockSidewalk
Many people have shown concern and shared a desire to see the project stopped. If that is you, and you'd like to get involved in that work, as well as working towards solutions for better alternatives, please sign up at Tech Reset Canada #BlockSidewalk
For now, this is a way to make sure that those of you that have voiced concern, particularly since the recent news broke (see link), but also those that have had concerns since day one, can tag into this advocacy work. #BlockSidewalk…
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