CanCon Podcast Ep. 103: Are we breaking up with Facebook, or is Facebook breaking up with us?

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According to its latest quarterly financial results, Facebook has 2.2 billion monthly active users. When one tech company can affect 1/4 of the world’s population with a single feature update or algorithm change, should it be able to without oversight? That’s a question we’re prompted to ask this week, as Mark Zuckerberg’s Guilt Cleanse 2018™ leads him to make sweeping changes to how the world experiences the modern ‘internet’. Here’s a bigger question we didn’t ask: do we need a bill of digital information rights?

While you let that question decant for a few moments, we’re already on to another about Canada’s big fourth telecom that isn’t, Freedom Mobile. News of parent company Shaw’s dramatic buyouts and “total business transformation initiative” has the CanCon podcast wondering if what we’re lamenting is A) the loss of a true Canadian tech competitor or B) just another seat at the oligopoly table.

Finally, CanCon steps into the wayback machine to take us all back to January 2017. Across the country, one unified message rang out from Canadian tech: diversity is our strength. One year later, what’s changed?

Join us as the CanCon crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; Jessica Galang, BetaKit News Editor; Rob Kenedi, TWG’s General Manager in New York; Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – tries to answer some really tough questions.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 103 (02/05/18)

No Mo Big Fo
Shaw to offer buyouts to 6,500 Shaw, Freedom Mobile employees
Shaw employees say atmosphere is grim following massive buyout offer

Mark Zuckerberg guilt cleanse 2018
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral
Mark Zuckerberg’s Clueless Plans For Promoting Local News on Facebook
Zuckerberg’s persistent warnings bear heeding
Can Big Tech Companies Find A Way To Reward Users For Their Data?

Diversity (for white women) is our strength
An Open Letter from the Canadian Tech Community: Diversity is our Strength
Canadian Ministers, mayors, and more give statements on tech open letter
As If It Never Even Happened (Canadaland Podcast)
Open Letter coverage in the Globe and Mail (and the story it bumped to the sidebar)

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Let’s Break Up” by Hayden
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.