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How we think about privacy today might not be the best way to deal with data collection in a smart city.

The L-shaped parcel of land on Toronto's eastern waterfront known as Quayside isn't much to look at. There's a sprawling parking lot for dry-docked boats opposite aging post-industrial space, where Parliament Street becomes Queens Quay. To its south is one of the saddest stretches of the Martin Goodman trail, an otherwise pleasant running and biking route that spans the city east to west.

But before long, Quayside may be one of the most sensor-laden neighbourhoods in North America, thanks to Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, which has been working on a plan to redevelop the area from the ground up into a test bed for smart city technology.

It's being imagined as the sort of place where garbage cans and recycling bins can keep track of when and how often they're used, environmental probes can measure noise and pollution over time and cameras can collect data to model and improve the flow of cars, people, buses and bikes throughout the day.

Generally speaking, the idea is that all of this data — and the newfound insights its analysis could yield — will help cities run more efficiently and innovate at a faster pace than they do today.

The effort is one of a handful of broad initiatives underway across the world in places such as Dublin, London, Dubai and Seattle. The Canadian government is soliciting pitches for more smart cities across the country, and has promised up to $80 million to communities competing in its Smart Cities Challenge prize.

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Comment by Ed Price
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When you do the below "stuff," find out who signed any documents against you, and sue them for damages. What damages? They are making a complaint that you have harmed them or government somehow. If they injure you by their complaint - loss of time, loss of money, fired from job, kicked out of house or apartment, etc. - because they can't show the injury that you have done, get damage money out of them or their bond, plus court costs.

Comment by Ed Price
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Taxes = stealing and fraud. Let the IRS take you to court. When they do, the indictment will read "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. you." Go to the court filing office where the indictment is filed, and enter a claim into the complaint against you. In that claim, state that you want a court of record jury trial, and that you claim that your accuser will not come forward, take the oath/affirmation, get on the stand, and speak into the record the claim he/she has against you while showing the literal harm or damage you have done, according to the law that the plaintiff must appear and real injury must be shown. The plaintiff being THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - it's on the indictment - can't take the oath, get on the stand, and claim anything, because THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is only paperwork. Since the plaintiff does not appear, get a discharge of the case so that they can't come after you ever again.

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