Despite Justin Trudeau’s exclamation that, through a partnership with Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs, the waterfront neighborhood could help turn the area into a “thriving hub for innovation”, questions immediately arose over how the new wired town would collect and protect data.
A year into the project, those questions have resurfaced following the resignation of a privacy expert, Dr Ann Cavoukian, who claimed she left her consulting role on the initiative to “send a strong statement” about the data privacy issues the project still faces.
Shoshana Zuboff's new book on “surveillance capitalism” emphasizes the former at the expense of the latter
"In the 1930s, if you were an engineer who really dug automobiles, you would do well to get a job at Porsche, where Nazi tanks would end up being developed. If the 2010s, if you are a hacker who really believed in networks, you would do well to get a job at a security company developing zero-day exploits for sale to authoritarian governments. This is where the aesthetic of our 'cyberspace' technology has led us. The cyberpunk has become a curtain, that looks like the future, but hides the truth of exploitation. The cyberpunks are still hackers, but they are not working against the corporations, but for them."