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SXSW Interactive 2014

South America: A New Haven for Digital Activists?

The governments of Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia are offering asylum to digital activist Julian Assange and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Also, the governments of Brazil and Paraguay have just announced the creation of a new fibre optics network for the region, in the light of the alleged surveillance practices of US government agencies.
Will this emerging digital sovereignty allow South America to become a new heaven for global whistleblowers and digital activists?

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  1. How did recent diplomatic data leaks affect democracies in South America?
  2. Do they help make democracies more transparent?
  3. What is the role of South American governments defending the region's digital sovereignty?
  4. Are these governments going to defend their citizens privacy?
  5. How are South American citizens and NGOs taking part in this process?


  • Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch, Digital Director, Circus
  • Cecilia Sainz, Executive Producer, TV Channel 9


Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch, Digital Director, Circus

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  • Tags: privacy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Level: Beginning
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