The Interview

Roger McNamee wants Canadians to fight Sidewalk Labs and stop working for Silicon Valley firms

Roger McNamee wants Canadians to ban targeted advertising in the weeks before the 2019 federal election and described Google sister-company Sidewalk Labs as “an extreme form of behavioral manipulation that we should fight.”

The former mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with David Skok, The Logic’s editor-in-chief, in front of about 400 attendees at an event in Toronto. McNamee was an early investor in both Facebook and Google, but he now describes both companies as monopolies misusing people’s data.

He also called for Canadian tech talent to stop working for U.S. giants, and laid out a vision for how Toronto can be more successful than Silicon Valley as a tech hub.

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