Click to the article on Politico.com for a good summary of events so far.
I agree with Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. The Google-Alphabet-Sidewalk Labs deal with the City of Toronto shouldn’t be secret. Even Minnan-Wong, a member of the Waterfront Toronto board, isn’t allowed to tell us the terms.
At the Sidewalk Labs show last month
Danica and I attended the first of a series of Sidewalk Labs public events, because we are interested in seeing our waterfront developed. We certainly aren’t opposed to innovation, but I am developing doubts. “Beware of Google bearing gifts,” is echoing in my mind.
Business boosters are fond of clichés claiming that certain values “are in our company DNA”. The first Google motto was “Don’t Be Evil”. I am beginning to wonder; what IS in Google’s DNA? I mean, what would you think if a friend’s daily affirmation was Don’t Murder Anyone Today? What is going on in that mind?
Are our civic leaders worldly enough to cope with slick seducers? We don’t know what promises have already been made for a relatively tiny pile of cash, but the big prize is 800 acres of prime waterfront land in the Portlands.
I didn’t record Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctorow’s introductory speech, but this will do … same idea.
You can watch the whole funny/scary movie here. Dan Doctorow would have been about 8 years old when Disney made it in 1966. Maybe Dan saw it.