One on One with Peter Mansbridge

No, we didn't play basketball, but I did have the opportunity to sit down with CBC's Chief Correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, to talk technology, privacy, and politics.

Peter wanted to start by looking at what is up with Research in Motion, and whether they can and in fact are turning things around. The only way to answer that is to also look at Apple and Google. From there we got into Facebook, social media, and the broader question of privacy.

I tried to synthesize the issue of privacy down to the importance of the secret ballot as a pillar of our democracy. How the more we share, the more we become vulnerable to political identification and manipulation. This seemed to catch Peter's attention, as he understands just what's at stake when it comes to who rules and why.

When it came down to the question of what is the next big thing, I gave the answer I feel I can safely give, which is the Google Project Glass, i.e. the wearable smart phone for your face. To hear why I might say this, watch the show on


One thing Peter reacted to in the interview was my association between Facebook and divorce. Here's more on the subject:

The site is more synonymous with divorce than marriage, according to several recent studies. More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to one U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a U.K.-based legal services firm. More than 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys report a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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