Data Governance and Smart Cities

As technology advances, the collection of personal data is becoming commonplace in everyday life. Smart Cities – urban areas that use technology and data collection in order to manage resources, infrastructure, and day-to-day operations – are just one example of the increasing interconnectedness of technological advancement and cities.

If private partners are going to pursue tech-focused projects in our city, Toronto needs to first develop its own vision. We need to decide how data should be collected, managed and used to ensure it's in the best interest of all. We must lead so our partners can follow.

Last month, City Council approved my motion to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure, such as Smart Cities.

For more on data governance and Smart Cities, read the Toronto Star op-ed I wrote with Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons.