CanCon Podcast Ep. 42: How does Canadian tech respond to Trump?

Donald Trump

Last week, Donald Trump was elected the next President of the United States.

We’re not going to talk about that on the podcast. But CanCon often discusses how Canada is affected by our neighbours to the south, and that includes their politics. So avoiding the geo-political, let’s narrow the focus: how does this affect Canadian tech companies?

Following the monumental election south of the border, many have voiced concerns over the role that Facebook played throughout the campaign season, to the point of potentially influencing the outcome of the election. Mark Zuckerberg’s protestations aside, what respbonsibilities does Facebook have towards truth and civil discourse as a media company?

As an escape from our current reality, the team digs into Google’s latest iteration on its VR ventures, the Daydream View. Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup’s resident VR headset model, gives his initial impressions on the latest affordable VR headset on the market.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Igor Bonifacic, Senior Editor for Mobile Syrup, Patrick O’Rourke, Senior Editor for MobileSyrup, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – process the results of the election, debate whether posting about it on Facebook will make any difference at all, and decide that maybe virtual reality is the way to go.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 42 (11/14/16)

No Silicon Valley North
It’s time for Canada to lead
Canadian Tech could benefit from a Trump win
Go North Canada

Facebook is a media company (whether they want to be or not)
Rigged
Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform
Zuckerberg says that Facebook news had no impact on election

It was all a Daydream
Daydream View review

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen

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Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

  • Gail Dance

    My thoughts since the start of his entry into the campaign, was how much TV coverage was ‘given to him free’ for every thought, word he spoke, three a.m. tweets, etc. Am a 78 yr. old gram, not involved in the press but was stunned, at the millions of dollars of ‘free’ advertising he was handed on his’ gold plate’. Certainly didn’t hurt him and appears to have worked to his advantage and election, confirms how ‘smart’ he is. One concern I’ve had, and not heard mentioned, is the involvement of his youngest son, what type of Dad would drag such a little boy, almost falling asleep, on his feet at what 3am [?] for the acceptance speech. Expect his wife, older three children were too exhausted to appear but really, did that little guy have to be at his side, there wasn’t one, of his many ‘really good people’, he constantly refers to, could not be awakened? Thinking of the many loving hard working, single parents that have had their children taken away and placed in foster care, for much less child abuse, than Trump has treated his son.