Smart Cities Data Governance

Monday, 21 January 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de recherche sur les villes et les processus urbains contemporains (LIVUC)

Smart cities rely upon ubiquitous sensors for the collection of massive amounts of data, much of it about human activity. This raises significant governance issue. The challenges of smart cities digital and data governance are exemplified by the controversies over the proposed Sidewalk Labs smart city development in Toronto’s Quayside area. Data governance issues are also evolving as part of the federal government’s ongoing Smart Cities Challenge. This presentation explores what data governance means in the smart cities context, and identifies some particular challenges, and some proposed solutions. 

Teresa Scassa holds the Canada Research Chair in Information Law.  Her recent research has focused on intellectual property, privacy and law and technology. 

Dr. Scassa is currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project that explores the juridical questions raised by geographic information systems. She has ongoing research projects on trademarks and the freedom of expression, on intellectual property issues in citizen science, on legal issues in digital cartography, and on various issues related to open government and open data. 

A light lunch will be served

The event will take place in English, followed by a bilingual questions period