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Congratulations to Political Science PhD Candidate, Angela Orasch, on receiving a grant from the OPC!

Angela Orasch (PhD Candidate, Political Science) and Dr. Sara Bannerman (Canada Research Chair in Communications Policy and member of the Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition) have received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to study the privacy implications of smart cities in Canada.

Jul 09, 2018

The goal of this project is to provide deeper understanding of the privacy implications of smart cities in Canada.  First, it will provide an overview of some of the smart city technologies in use in Canada’s five largest metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa), along with their known privacy implications.  Second, through a survey of Canadians, it will give a deeper understanding of privacy concerns raised by the public about smart city technologies.

For Canadian citizens, this project will produce a web resource outlining the types of smart city technologies in use within five large Canadian cities, the privacy concerns that such technologies raise, and a set of recommendations designed to protect Canadians’ privacy while balancing the benefits offered by smart city technologies.  This project will be a vehicle for representing and showcasing privacy concerns about smart cities within Canada that speaks to the unique concerns of Canadian residents.  In turn, this will better inform Canadians about smart city technologies and their privacy implications, communicating the results through a web resource as well as a set of op-eds.

For policymakers and legislators, this project will provide a deeper understanding of the privacy concerns raised by Canadians that can act as a framework for legislators and technology developers. It will suggest possible policy and legislative responses to address these concerns.  The project is expected to recommend “no-go zones” for smart city technologies--actions that should be prohibited under all circumstances.  It is also expected to produce elements of an activity-based code of conduct for Canadian smart cities, drawing on input from our citizen survey.

This research is being funded by Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Contributions Program.