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Till date, we've been told that smart citizens will empower citizens by making data about city infrastructure accessible to them. But that may not be the case in the Toronto waterfront project being developed by Google parent Alphabet. According to this post, Google will own all IP related to the project. This means that it will own all data generated, including from citizens and infrastructure. Google's business model is widely known: it sells consumer data gathered from its free search service to advertisers. Will it adopt a similar tactic to pay for its role in maintaining systems and infrastructure related to smart cities? Utilities functioning within the smart city could become vehicles for Alphabet's advertisers to peddle their products. Concentrating power on a single technocratic entity also comes at the expense of democracy.