Urban Innovation

Dwaiter Weekly


June 30, 2022


Toronto Hopes for a Smarter City

The city of Toronto wants to build an affordable, off-the-grid Eden in the heart of the city. The same 12-acre plot was going to be the place where Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Alphabet, would prove out its vision for the smart city. Now, the MIT Technology Review reports, Toronto wants to get right what Sidewalk Labs got so wrong.


NFT Giant Hit by Major Email Data Breach

OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace, is warning users of email phishing after a massive data breach, TechCrunch reports. A staffer at Customer.io, an email vendor contracted by OpenSea, misused their employee access to download and share email addresses of OpenSea’s users and newsletter subscribers with an unauthorized external party.


How the iPhone, Now 15, Has Changed Us

On June 29, 2007, the original iPhone went on sale, igniting the smartphone revolution. The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern traces how Apple’s invention matured and changed all of us.


Hundreds of Newspapers Have Closed during the Pandemic

More than 360 U.S. newspapers have gone out of business since just before the start of the pandemic, a new report from Northwestern University’s journalism school states. That same pace—about two closures per week—was occurring before the pandemic. Many analysts had thought that the economic conditions created by the pandemic would cause the rate to increase considerably, the New York Times reports.



The Rise of Worker-Owned Apps 

In recent months, the model that underpins existing “sharing economy” platforms has been battered by high fuel costs, exploding interest rates, hiring problems, and stricter regulation from governments. As companies like Uber have struggled, a new model—platform cooperatives—is gaining momentum, Wired reports.


Big Tech's Abortion Dilemma

In the wake of last week's Supreme Court decision, abortion is now illegal for millions of Americans. Tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google are reckoning with the prospect of data requests on users for prosecutions, the Washington Post reports.  


Browser Settings That Can Boost Your Privacy

Want to take your online privacy into your own hands and outsmart much online tracking? You can do so by adjusting some of your browser settings. CNet offers tips on what to change in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Brave.


Building and Sharing Metaverses  

In the multitude of metaverses that exist there are infinite possibilities for inclusivity and creativity. In a TED Talk, Minecraft game director Agnes Larsson shares how the experience of building and sharing metaverses can foster dialogue, friendship and trust—pointing to the meaningful impact virtual worlds can have on the real world.


How to Grow on Every Platform

Want to expand your audience by sharing the right social media content? In an infographic, the team at Giraffe Social Media shared with Social Media Today their tips to get more followers.


Winging It 

The furry, sound-absorbent wings of deaf moths that evolved 250 million years ago could be key to acoustic materials of the future. The existence of what is now known as “acoustic camouflage” was discovered in 2018, Fast Company reports. Now, a new study suggests that these moth wings could inspire a new type of ultrathin acoustic material that would work as wallpaper and be 10 times thinner than what’s currently on the market.

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