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Public consultation on digital technologies and data governance in Toronto


Monday, December 2, 2019 2:12:00 PM

(City of Toronto ) - The City of Toronto is developing a Digital Infrastructure Plan to help guide decisions on how Toronto will evaluate and regulate digital technologies and data use for City services and other proposals.

Digital technologies – including "smart city technologies" – are bringing Toronto new benefits and ways of working to create an efficient, connected community. They are also associated with a number of broader public issues including privacy, transparency, accountability, public ownership, equity and protection of the public interest.

At this phase of consultation, the public is invited to learn more about digital technologies and to provide input on guiding principles and policies that will inform the City's Digital Infrastructure Plan.

Public events
The public can attend and provide feedback at one of the upcoming sessions:

• December 7 – McGregor Park Community Centre (2231 Lawrence Ave E.), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• December 9 – Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber (100 Queen St W.), 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• December 12 – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St.), 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The December 9 meeting will be livestreamed on the City's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/u....

Online engagement
An online consultation survey will be available at https://www.toronto.ca/co... starting December 7 until December 19. Those unable to attend a consultation can email input or questions to digitalfeedback@toronto.ca.

The Digital Infrastructure Plan will be developed through further consultations and opportunities for public participation in 2020. To sign up to be notified about upcoming consultations, and for more information about the City's work on smart cities, visit https://www.toronto.ca/ci.../.

The consultation supports Toronto City Council's direction to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure and a work plan for implementation. It is also aligned with Council's direction to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.