New research shows that police forces across Canada are building extensive digital surveillance hubs without any public engagement. Smart city projects use very similar technologies with the same dangers, yet here residents and municipalities are increasingly implementing Open Smart City principles to avoid potential harms and strengthen public oversight. The police should not be exempt from democratic accountability and the same principles can be applied to them to rebuild it.
In the last five years, more Muslims have been killed in targeted hate-attacks in Canada than in any other G7 country. And this growing Islamophobia is having impacts on the health of Muslim Canadians.
The resistance of Indigenous people, their memory of history, treaty, law, and land stewardship are being met with police violence.
The history and ongoing legacy of slavery shouldn't be seen in contrast to the two decades of anti-terror. Rather, we should view the post-9/11 era as a permutation and extension of that history and legacy.
Courtney Skye (she/her) is Mohawk, Turtle Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a Research Fellow at Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-led governance think tank at the Faculty of Arts at X University.
Anthony N. Morgan is a Toronto-based human rights lawyer, policy consultant and community educator.
Anna-Liza Badaloo (she/her) is a writer and program consultant working at the intersection of health, environment and social justice. Find her on Instagram and LinkedIn at @annalizabadaloo
Merlin Chatwin (he/him) received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in the Geography Department. His research area is urban policy and local governance with a specific focus on inclusive civic participation in distinct geographies. In 2018, Merlin was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Merlin recently brought his significant experience in developing strategic alliances in governance, data, technology and education sectors to Open North when he joined as the Executive Director.
Thomas Linder (he/him) has a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University where he wrote his dissertation on the intersection of digital surveillance technologies, policing and the social and political impacts involved. He works as an interdisciplinary researcher on a range of topics including community economic development, urban innovation, social housing, community engagement and learning, and other progressive areas. Find him on Twitter at @praxisandpeople
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