Google co-founder made a new acquaintance at the recent TED conference in Vancouver, Canada: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Of course Snowden is still in Moscow, after becoming a wanted man in the US following his revelations of government surveillance of the internet.
But thanks to telepresence robots, and the tolerance of TED attendees for slightly-rubbish communications tech, he was still able to bump into Brin in the corridor:
You never know who you might bump into at TED... pic.twitter.com/T0tl9xDSXe— Chris Anderson (@TEDchris) March 18, 2014
Google has called for greater reforms to government surveillance following Snowden's revelations that agents had direct access to its servers.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has pledged to use encryption technology to try and counter internet censorship.
Snowden himself has also called for companies like Google to do more to keep government agencies out of their servers and protect customers and their data from snooping.