As South By Southwest Interactive winds down, thousands of attendees are headed back to their companies, including some who are in key roles at major technology companies. What are they taking back with them?
A Focus on Privacy
With Edward Snowden delivering a rare public speech (via teleconference), it’s not hard to see how data privacy is one of the center issues at this year’s SXSW. Snowden argued that the tech community that makes up the core of SXSW’s Interactive audience are the people who can take action to protect individuals privacy and that internet users need more education and simpler tools to protect their own information.
Whether or not you share Snowden’s political point of view, there’s little question that the average user doesn’t understand what information he may or may not be sharing with each new application he signs up for. The audience at SXSW reportedly had mixed reactions to the talk, though, with some listeners less concerned about the question of encryption and more interested in Snowden personally.
Secret and other ‘anonymous’ sharing apps took a related leading role in Austin this year. Secret’s founder, David Byttow, spoke at SXSW, facing a slew of questions about cyber bulling and abuse — the app is working to address such problems. But it’s easy to see some of the questionable nature of publicly sharing private thoughts on the SXSW-specific … Read MoreRead More