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1 big thing: Smart cities spark privacy worries

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Momentum for smart cities — fed by big promises from industry and big hopes by government — is being slowed by a wave of public skepticism, Axios’ Kim Hart and Aïda Amer report.

  • Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, which has proposed a futuristic smart-city development for Toronto’s waterfront, this month pledged not to sell personal data from the project or use it for advertising.

Growth of smart cities has been slower than predicted, but look at all the data-intensive technologies that have been deployed around the world: