Episode 134: Contracting Out National Security, Summer Superheroes Tackle Global Issues, Quebec's Turban Aversion and more


Big Money for Private Intel | Black Swan Intern Wins Payment | Google Glass and the Privacy Implosion | Quebec's Turban Aversion | Superheroes to the Rescue

contractors_pub.jpgThe U.S. spends billions of dollars on private intelligence firms like Booz Allen Hamilton. That's where Edward Snowden worked when he blew the whistle on the NSA's massive spy program.

Private firms now eat up a huge portion of the classified intelligence budget in the U.S. with some saying it's as much as 70%.

The growth in outsourcing intelligence happened after 9/11 when there was a massive migration of qualified government workers to private firms where the pay was better. But critics say contracting out national intelligence compromises security.

Are civilian workers for private companies qualified to handle government secrets? We go behind the scenes in this edition of Day 6.

black swan_pub.jpgInterns Get Litigious

An internship used to be seen as a path to a job. That's where you made contacts, got valuable experience and at the end of your term you were paid exactly zilch- even when you were working for a big company like Fox Searchlight.

In the U.S. a judge has ruled that interns working on Fox's hit movie Black Swan were entitled to be paid for their labour, and now other cases of interns seeking compensation are heading to court.

Is it time to close the door on unpaid interns? Or does that deprive young people of valuable experience and work contacts? We have the debate on Day 6.

google glass_pub.jpgGoogle Glass and the Privacy Implosion

The future will probably involve you wearing your computer on your face.

Google Glass, a device that connects you online, beams images into your eye and looks something like a partial pair of glasses is now in trial and those who are trying it love it.

We connected with two of them and they're big believers in the technology.

But others are worried about how intrusive the device will be, and wonder if Google Glass will obliterate privacy as we know it. Especially now, when we learned this week how interested everybody is in our electronic fingerprints.

turban222_pub.jpgQuebec's Turban Problem

Kids who want to play soccer in Quebec were out of luck if, like the 200 Sikh boys in the Quebec Soccer Federation, they wore a turban. 

To the bewilderment of many, the Quebec Federation ruled turbans pose a safety risk and the kids who wore them couldn't play.

When the Canadian Soccer Association tried to bring some logic to the issue, it became an issue of provincial jurisdiction. The Premier waded in. And then on Friday the world governing body FIFA spoke, authorizing male head coverings at all levels of Canadian soccer.

On Saturday the Quebec Federation will have a news conference and re-affirm or renounce their position on the ban.

Jasmeet Singh, Brampton Ontario based comic and turban wearing Sikh, didn't wait for the press conference to make his comment.

superman_pub.jpgSuperheroes to the Rescue

The summer blockbuster movies are starting to land- Superman opened this week. Iron Man 3  already touched down (and nabbed $1 Bl in box office) and Wolverine is coming later in July.

These heroes have a lot of power, at least enough to save Hollywood. But the reason why fans love them is because of the mythical, superhuman punch they pack fighting crime and injustice.

So we decided to ask two superfans how those powers might be used to address some of the geopolitical problems and threats that really are part of life in the 21st century- North Korea, the Taliban, war in Syria. Over to you, Clark Kent.

Have a super weekend, we're back next weekend, around the same time as the Stanley Cup.
Brent Bambury, @CBCDay6

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