Nabeel Ahmed is a researcher and consultant on smart cities and social enterprise, and is a member of the Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum and Jamhoor. He has degrees in urban planning, public administration, and business administration, and previously worked in the nonprofit, social enterprise and international development sectors.
Activists kicked Amazon’s HQ2 out of New York City. They ran Google’s new campus out of Berlin. Now, in Toronto, #BlockSidewalk wants to send Google – and their new “smart city” – packing. The battle against Big Tech is emerging as the new front in the fight for the right to the city.