Natasha Tusikov is the principal investigator of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019-2021) entitled “Governing Knowledge and Data in Smart Cities,” in cooperation with Dr. Blayne Haggart and Dr. Nicole Goodman (Brock University), and Dr. Zachary Spicer (University of Western Ontario). This project investigates the central role that the control of data plays in smart cities. The project examines the interaction between state and non-state actors in regulating the creation and use of information within the knowledge-based economy. The project will assess the choices, practices, and norms that shape data collection, analysis, and use, the devices that capture data, and the relationships among government, private sector, and civil society in these processes.
Drawing on the smart city plan designed for Toronto’s Quayside neighbourhood and proposed by Sidewalk Labs, a subsidy of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. as a case study, the project will answer the following questions:
How do the various actors understand the role of knowledge in the production, use and control over data?
Who establishes the rules governing the collection, use and ownership of data?
How does the collection and control of data affect public policy and government regulatory activities?
What are the implications of the rules governing data on access to information, democratic decision making, and for social inclusion in the community?
Social Sciences and Humanities Reearch Council of Canada (Insight Development Grant)
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