• There's a battle brewing over Google's $1 billion high-tech neighborhood, and it could have big privacy implications for cities

    29 days ago - By Business Insider

    Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet, will soon build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront.
    The company has clashed with residents over its decision to collect data in public spaces such as intersections or park benches.
    Sidewalk Labs claims the data will help them improve the community, but experts worry it could be used for financial gain.
    In response to this criticism, the company has proposed an independent trust that might ensure the fair use of urban data.
    Imagine living in a city that can monitor almost everything you do...
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  • A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a 'Marshall Plan' for Palestine's economy

    A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a 'Marshall Plan' for Palestine's economy

    29 days ago - By Business Insider

    Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians.
    The $1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state.
    I found the city to be beautifully constructed with the facilities one might expect of a luxury real estate development. And though around 4,000 people are already living in the city, it feels very much like a place waiting to come alive.
    As I sat in a French cafè al fresco, chatting with Palestinian-American billionaire...
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  • A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a 'Marshall Plan' for Palestine's economy

    A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a 'Marshall Plan' for Palestine's economy

    29 days ago - By Business Insider

    Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians.
    The $1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state.
    I found the city to be beautifully constructed with the facilities one might expect of a luxury real estate development. And though around 4,000 people are already living in the city, it feels very much like a place waiting to come alive.
    As I sat in a French cafè al fresco, chatting with Palestinian-American billionaire...
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