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SXSW Interactive 2014

Everybody Spies

The government is tracking who you call and when. Snoops are reading your emails. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo are working with companies you’ve never heard of to compile deep, secret profiles of millions of us, sell the data, and make billions.

We're being surveilled from all sides.

This panel will address practical responses to the creeping techno-surveillance state. How are individuals and communities responding when so many of our private details are being hoovered up, in secret and for secret purposes? What are the best practices for navigating the spy-infested waters of the Internet?

We've reached a point in which opting-out is no longer an option. Instead, we must arm ourselves with new digital habits, policy solutions and grassroots pressure to protect our digital rights.

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  1. Why should I care about government surveillance and corporate data mining? I'm not doing anything wrong so I have nothing to hide, and I don't mind being targeted with ads in exchange for free products.
  2. Now that I've realized that government surveillance and a near-lack of online privacy are hurting my ability to communicate freely and openly, what can I do? How is can I possibly escape the blanket surveillance that sweeps up my phone calls, emails and web searches? And how can you expect me to give up Gmail, Google search and Facebook?
  3. What are the best practices for navigating the spy-infested waters of the Internet? What tools, plugins, apps and services can I turn to that will actual protect, rather than eradicate, my privacy?
  4. The NSA, the defense establishment and Silicon Valley are incredibly powerful. How can we possibly fight back? What are the policy solutions that will roll back the laws that enable government spying and hold companies accountable when they collude in these programs or go too far with their own corporate surveillance practices?
  5. How can I work with others to pressure Congress, governmental agencies and Internet companies to do the right thing and protect our privacy?



Josh Levy, Internet campaign director, Free Press

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  • Tags: surveillance, privacy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Non-Profit and Activism
  • Level: Intermediate
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