ZDNet reports Sydney is one of 26 cities, and the only one in Australia, to sign the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, which seeks to protect, promote and monitor the digital rights of residents and visitors. The initiative was started by New York City, Amsterdam and Barcelona. With looming concerns about the growth of unregulated surveillance practices in Australia, Digital Rights Watch invited more than 400 councils across the country to support the declaration. "Australians expect to be able to live their lives without being watched, monitored, and tracked," Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton said. "The concept that our cities need to be 'smart' needs to be managed alongside the freedoms of the people who inhabit them."
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