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Getting the order of operations right: Why the Ford government’s attempts to save the economy won’t work, and what to do about it

TL;DR: To save the economy, first you gotta deal with the pandemic. Muddling around will only weaken the economy’s foundations. I’m a big fan of academics staying in their lane and sticking to their areas of expertise. Subject expertise in … Continue reading

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Once more, with feeling: Facebook’s new Oversight Board continues to be an attempted end-run around actual regulation

Of course it will be a “reputational shield,” as The Guardian puts it. That’s the whole point of these types of exercise. So long as Facebook makes the rules, it holds all the cards that matter. Global platform governance is … Continue reading

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Rethinking the world

Some useful suggestions from Aisha Ahmad on how academics should work in these unprecedented times, none more helpful than her advice to use the current moment to question our assumptions about how the world works: In the spirit of distraction, … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 47: My Submission to the Round 2 Consultation

Back in more innocent times, August 30, 2019, to be precise, I praised the work of the analysts at Waterfront Toronto for their honest attempt to summarize the Master Innovation and Development Plan, a document whose design (as I’ve noted … Continue reading

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Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation and Development Plan, Entry 35: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Part 3: Creating a Trusted Process for Responsible Data Use (II)

In which I get into the Urban Data Trust and make a classic South Park reference. Previous Master Innovation and Development Plan liveblog entries and relevant documents available here Goal 1: Implement the Urban Data Trust (pp. 420-423) It would … Continue reading

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