CanCon Podcast Ep. 118: BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman and Pando’s Sarah Lacy at True North

Sarah Lacy True North

True North, which took place last week in Kitchener-Waterloo, was Communitech’s first attempt at an event series designed to discuss ‘tech for good’. As first attempts go, it was quite good (disclosure: BetaKit was a media partner for the event).

CanCon was able to interview two of True North’s big-name speakers, and the conversations below should be familiar and enticing to regular pod listeners.

First up was Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed’s Media Editor and ‘fake news’ expert. Silverman’s depressing take on the current state of digital media – which happened to recently win him a Silver prize Digital Publishing Award – was right at home with Douglas’ #darkesttimeline worldview. Enjoy as the two walk through how the commoditization of digital media has led to easy manipulation, with outrage as the product, before discussing the role of ‘media platforms’ (not technology companies) Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Fun stuff!

Next up is Sarah Lacy, Pando Media founder and CEO, as well as the founder of new startup Chairman Mom. Lacy first appeared in BetaKit last year for her Startupfest talk on why toxic masculinity pervades Silicon Valley. At True North this year, she expanded on that offering, providing historical context as to how bias and regret override data and common sense to fuel the ‘bro economy’. Oh, and she also has a few hot takes on Donald Trump, how advertising-based business models are causing so many of the problems tech finds itself in, and how Chairman Mom is built to avoid them.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 118

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Sarah Lacy on toxic masculinity superceding data
Pando’s Sarah Lacy explains why “toxic masculinity” pervades Silicon Valley

A brief interlude to update you on the Wavefront story
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Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “I will remember you” by Sarah McLachlan
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Feature image courtesy Harminder Phull, Communitech

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.

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