The Digital Divides report explores potential solutions to the inequitable distribution of the economic benefits of Montreal’s AI sector. These include alternative housing models, collective benefit agreements (CBAs), and AI Commons, in addition to smaller-scale, grassroots efforts. These initiatives aim to empower communities affected by the development of the AI sector while also democratizing its top-down governance structure. The researchers behind Digital Divides conclude the report by calling for a number of reforms to AI and housing policy that prioritize justice-oriented, rather than for-profit aims and involve meaningful community consultation. The report highlights the importance of mutual aid and community organizing—rather than just academic and government intervention—as key forces in the pursuit of these goals.
Authors: Nick Gertler, Elijah Herron, Janna Frenzel, Leonora Indira King, Fenwick McKelvey, Alex Megelas, Norma Rantisi, Alessandra Renzi, Jacob Ryan, nate wessalow
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